Numbers also do not account for all the other types of losses that children and teens face on a daily basis: incarceration, divorce, poverty, relocation, natural disasters, relationships ending, pet loss, etc. Grief education especially can help address these non-death losses
For us to know and be aware of: Grief support normalizes grief, provides structure, and builds a sense of community
Continuing to answer the question, is there a need to offer community based services?
Some resources might be partners you already have, so lets move onto step 2: identifying essential partners
And getting them on board
Just because someone works with youth does not mean they are a friend to them. This characteristic is not absolutely essential, but it will make your job a lot easier.
Have an “elevator pitch”. Keep information simple and essential. Know your audience, what grabs a school administrator might be very different than a guidance counselor program director at a JJ facility. You really have to be your own best advocate and a salesperson.
Change from Life Management to H.O.P.E. Fee for service consideration when school funding is cut.
Mention that paid staff facilitate services, NOT volunteers.
Generally our policy is to let schools or agencies contact us for help, we are working on partnerships to build up a youth oriented crisis response team. Know what your community has, this may be a need that is already being met in your area. Offering follow-up grief support might be a good place to supplement existing services
The more other adults and professionals we can educate about the needs of grieving young people the more young people we help.