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Grief is a natural response to any loss, including loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, or loss of a home. Typical experiences of grief include the following:

  • Crying
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in appetite
  • Withdrawing from social relationships
  • Questioning religious beliefs or life choices
  • Feeling anger, guilt, loneliness, or sadness but still feeling moments of joy and happiness

Sometimes grief can feel overwhelming. You may want to seek additional support if you or your child is experiencing the following in response to a loss:

  • Episodes of rage
  • Inability to focus on anything but the person or object lost
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Excessive risk-taking behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Grief counselors can be located in the Parent Guide to Community Resources or at this site, or you can consult with your pediatrician or school support staff to help you find local resources.

Information adapted from When Students Grieve: A Guide to Bereavement in the Schools (3rd edition)

For Immediate Help

Call 911

Call or text 988 or use Lifeline Chat
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Text 741741
Crisis Text Line

Violence Prevention Program

6620 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53216


Social and Emotional Learning Supervisor:

Kimberly Merath
Phone: 414-438-3593

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