Review by: Vincent Giordano, Former Executive Director of the Division of Student Support Services, New York City Department of Education
"If a resource guide like this were available after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I would have sent a copy to each of New York City's 1000 schools and structured staff development efforts around its main themes."
Review by: Robin H. Gurwitch, Professor, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Program Coordinator, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Cincinnati, Ohio
"A must-read for any teacher! This unique resource tackles a challenging topic and provides strategies for helping students cope and successfully return to the classroom."
Review by: Thomas Demaria, Director, Psychological Services Center and 9/11 Family Center, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
"Provides a window into the personal experience of the bereaved child and offers practical and easy to follow strategies that teachers and schools can immediately utilize."
Review by: Jonathan Cohen, President, Center for Social and Emotional Education; Co-chair, National School Climate Council
"Death is a part of life in K-12 schools. This wise book promotes understanding and provides practical guidelines that will support educators in making this a time of learning and healing for students and staff."
Review by: Donna Shuurman, Executive Director, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, Portland, Oregon
"If only this book could be required reading for all teacher training programs! This is a thorough, practical, and insightful guide for teachers new and seasoned, who find themselves unsure of what to do when death affects a student or students."
Review by: Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, Florida Licensed Psychologist; Associate Professor, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
All students experience some sort of loss such as death or illness, but not all teachers and other educators know how to help them and their families through their grief. This book is an invaluable guide through the process and should be on every teacher's desk and in every school library.
Review by: Therese A. Rando, Clinical Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, Warwick, Rhode Island; Author, Treatment of Complicated Mourning
"Specific, step-by-step guidance for facilitating healthy grief, avoiding development of problems, and treating grief that is complicated . . . If there were just one book I would recommend to the teachers of my children, this absolutely would be it."
Review by: Marleen Wong, Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor, Director of Field Education, School of Social Work, University of Southern California
Will serve as a long-standing resource for educators who confront the confounding experience of children's grief. Reassuring guidance is combined with suggestions that can ease a child's pain and help return a child to learning in the classroom.
Review by: Susan Craig, AGH Associates, Inc., Hampton, New Hampshire
"The authors once again establish the important role teachers play in helping students find meaning in their lives . . . each suggested strategy can be used to help students acquire the cognitive skills and emotional regulation required to grapple with life's big questions."
Review by: Duane Isava, Psychology Associate, Arundel Psychological Associates
"An indispensable and easy to read resource . . . written with compassion for the student and their families, as well as sensitivity to the very nature of grief and bereavement."
Review by: Barbara Braaten, Sheldon Braaten, & Melissa Knoll, Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents
"A valuable contribution to the field. Finally, there is a book that describes grief as a process rather than an event. . . . It should be required in every teacher prep institution and in schools across the country."