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How to Support a Grieving Teacher

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers. 


How do you help a colleague who is dealing with loss?

Supporting a fellow educator dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a daunting task. Coming back to work after a loss can be especially difficult for teachers due to the nature of the job. Having to immediately return to a high-stakes position in addition to dealing with a class full of children is challenging. Thankfully, the support of fellow teachers and administrators can ease the burden. 

I know this because I lost both of my brothers within five years of one another. My oldest brother, Curtis, passed away while I was teaching 5th grade in Chicago Public Schools. You can listen to episodes #45 and #46 of the e2e...

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Advice for the Grieving Teacher

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.

Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful and devastating experiences of life. Grief can consume us and exhaust us for days, weeks and months. Going through loss when you are a teacher has its own set of unique challenges. Teaching is stressful by itself, so when you add the extra layer of loss, it can seem unbearable for a teacher to want to return to the classroom and face 25+ children every day.

I understand this feeling all too well. I lost both of my brothers within five years of each other. We lost Curt, my oldest brother, in 2012 (while I was a 5th grade teacher) and my brother, Kelly in 2017 (when I was working at Discovery Education). Going through such hard loss, one...

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