CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT IS REMARKABLY COMMON
Studies show that the long term consequences of losing a parent at a young age can persist into adulthood, which is why bereaved children and surviving parents must get the help they need to deal with loss in a healthy way.
Grieving in Schools
Classroom teachers report that students who have lost a parent or guardian typically exhibit: - Difficulty concentrating in class (observed by 87% of teachers)
- Withdrawal/disengagement and less class participation (observed by 82%)
- Absenteeism (observed by 72%)
- Decrease in quality of work (observed by 68%)
- Less reliability in turning in assignments (observed by 66%)
7 in 10 teachers (69%) currently have at least one student in their class(es) who has lost a parent, guardian, sibling, or close friend in the past year.
Grieving in Schools: Nationwide Survey among Classroom Teachers on Childhood Bereavement
Conducted by New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers, 2012
Childhood Bereavement in the United States:
An estimated 1 in 14, or 5.2 million, children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach the age of 18. By age 25, this number nearly triples to 13.2 million.
Dealing with childhood grief early is important, as it can prevent future consequences.
There is a higher chance that everyone will lose someone in their 20's,
and having experience in facing grief will drastically help the recovery process.
Those who do not properly deal with childhood grief and later lose another loved one
can have a difficult time healing. They may still be affected by their childhood losses,
and they are stressed by many everyday problems, disrupting the healing process.
DID YOU KNOW ?
1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.
(Kenneth Doka, Editor of OMEGA, Journal of Death and Dying)
In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, 90% indicated that they had experienced the death of a loved one.
One in every 1,500 secondary school students dies each year.