Loss Grief and Growth Education Project
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Loss Grief and Growth Education Project Introduction to the program
Developed with sponsorship from:
“…had it not been for the hard work and dedication of teachers I never would have made it to college….”Yves Berthiaume
“We need to address the needs of kids”
• Tours of the funeral home
“The most frequent question from teachers:
“How do I support grieving
• With sponsorship OFSA & OBFS
• Teachers from across Ontario developed curriculum– “Written by teachers for
teachers”– Linked materials directly to
Ministry curriculum & Ontario report card
• 2009 FSAC assumed leadership• Curriculum Services Canada (CSC)
– “develop a resource for teachers not curriculum”
• June 2010 LGG was launched nationally
Loss Grief and Growth • honors the relationship between students
and teachers• acknowledges that teachers are connected
with students before, during and after the crisis is over, after “grief counsellors” have gone….
Loss Grief and Growth
• honours the role of Funeral Directors as citizens in their communities
• recognizes Funeral Directors as a integral members of the interprofessional team with expertise in grief and bereavement
• provides opportunities to help….
• LGG does not replace the CIRT team• LGG does not replace any connections or
need for partnering with local hospice/bereavement counsellors etc.
One of the strengths: simplicity
Connect content and make it simple
Loss is a part of life….
• Divorce• Moving• Developmental• Death
Loss may include:
Our kids are exposed to death
Death in the family
• grandparents,• parents,• siblings,• pets, • friends …
Death in the media
Death in the school community
And in the school curriculum.
• is a normal healthy response to loss.
• is a whole person response.
Grieving• is the process
of integrating the loss into ones life
• and making meaning of life’s experiences.
• is not something to “get over”
• is not something that needs to be “fixed”
Factors which influence grieving
What you might see…
You do not need to be a specialist to offer support
Indicators of need for additional support
• Physically assaulting others • Persistent anger towards everyone • Prolonged feelings of guilt/responsibility
for death • …….
Specific age/grade levels
• Introduction• “TASK”• “Teachable Moment”
Questions to explore might include:• How do we best offer our support to the
family/the student? • Is it appropriate to: send flowers/letters,
visit the home, attend the funeral…
Preparing the ground
• Contacted Ministers of Education – June 2010
• Supporting provincial associations • Pilot projects to support learning for local
and national implementation
Approaching• School Boards Directors/Superintendents • Principals Associations• Based on unique characteristics in each
province, may contact:– Teachers associations/federations– Private school associations
Local funeral director
• Contact your provincial association
• Get involved with the provincial resource team
• Become familiar with the– LGG resource– Presentation for teachers– Resources
• Build relationships with your community educators
• Introduce educators to the LGG resource
Loss Grief and Growth Education ResourcePresentation guide for teachers
Access from OFSA & FSAC website
“It’s time for lunch already?”
How to access LGG resource
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