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You may be reading this because someone you care about is dying or has died.  You may also be concerned about how to help someone who is grieving.  This section will give you some information about grief and trauma and ideas that may be helpful in facing grief.

If you are considering suicide, tell a caring, trustworthy adult, such as a school counselor, teacher, parent or adult friend.  If you think you may commit suicide, call 911 or get to a hospital emergency room.  There is help and hope out there. 


Grief FAQ's

Some Normal Feelings and Thoughts

Grade Changes

Lower Grades

You may have changes in grades following a death.  School may not seem as important as the loss.  Grieving also takes a LOT of mental and emotional energy!

It may be difficult to focus on studies and remember.  Adults have the same problem when a special person dies. 

It may take months for concentration and memory to come back. 

Let the school counselor or teacher know that you are having a problem.  Refer them to this website to help them understand. 

There is nothing wrong with you.  Your thinking will clear after a time. 

Take care of yourself by getting enough rest, eating well and taking care of your feelings.

Do the best you can.  Accept yourself!

Higher Grades

Some students do better in school after a loved one dies. 

Sometimes it is because a stressful situation is over.  Sometimes it may be to send a deceased loved one a message. 

Be sure to take care of yourself during this time by getting enough rest, eating well and taking care of your feelings.


Trauma happens when someone is involved in a violent or life-threatening event.  It also happens sometimes when those we care about are involved in a violent event that ends in death or serious injury.

Common Feelings after Trauma

Physical sensations


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