How to help young people cope with grief after the Covenant School shooting

“As a community, we are deeply grieving the loss of Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Hallie Scruggs, 9; William Kinney, 9; Cynthia Peak, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill, age 61, at The Covenant School. We are also struggling with the shattered sense of safety that comes from such shocking and unexpected violence. As the adults, we know we need to comfort and guide the younger members of our community through this crisis. But many of us don’t know where to begin, especially while coping with our own grief.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is an excellent resource for more information. Alive’s Grief Center is another. Our counselors specialize in bereavement and work with area schools to support grieving children. Alive’s Grief Support Team is hosting two free information sessions, “Support Your Grieving Child,” on April 6 to help parents support grieving children in developmentally appropriate ways. Thanks to our generous donors, this class is free.”

Read more from Alive President/CEO, Kimberly Goessele’s Op-Ed featured in The Tennessean.