Everyone is affected when a death or tragedy occurs within a school community. If you have come to this page, it is likely that you are experiencing such a loss. Our hearts go out to you and to our community. Please know that there is no right or wrong way to deal with grief and loss. Our hope is that the resources we have produced and gathered on this page will provide some support and guidance to help you find the process that works for you and for your child. It will take time to heal. It will also take support from others. Know that you are not alone in your grief, and that resources and help are available to you.
Recommended SBFC Grief Videos
Insight for our South Bay community from Leah Niehaus, LCSW
Helping our children with grief and loss: tips for parents from Bill Dyment, PhD
Related Resources on the SBFC Website
Online National Resources
A Comprehensive Grief Resource Gallery
We recommend reading Helping Children Cope with Grief, an evidence-based article published by NASP. The article offers clear guidance for parents and caregivers, as well as a list of additional national resources on the subject of grief.
Information and Tools
How to Help a Grieving Teen
What is it like for teenagers when someone close to them dies? How do they respond to the death of a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend? (The Dougy Center)
Talking with Children About Tragic Events
What do we tell our children? How do we reassure them of their own safety?(The Dougy Center)
How to Help a Grieving Child
Kids learn by asking questions. When they ask questions about a death, it’s usually a sign that they’re curious about something they don’t understand. As an adult, a couple of the most important things you can do for children is to let them know that all questions are okay to ask, and to answer questions truthfully. (The Dougy Center)
Teens' Natural Grief Responses
Click here to read about these NATURAL and NORMAL grief responses that many teens experience (Our House)
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Children & Teen Book List from Our House, Grief Support Center
South Bay In-Person Resources
Grief information, bereavement services, and support groups
The Gathering Place is a non-profit center for loss and life transition. They are a TrinityCare Hospice program that is funded in part by Beach Cities Health District. They are a resource for our South Bay schools during times of loss and grief.
The Gathering Place
5315 Torrance Blvd. Suite B-1, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 546-6407
Torrance Memorial Bereavement Program provides a wide range of bereavement services and a free support group. Click here to learn more.
Loss of a parent due to cancer
Walk with Sally is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to children of parents, guardians or siblings who have cancer or have succumbed to cancer…one child at a time, one heart at a time.
Connect with a Professional
Beach Cities Health District offers a free community resource and referral service to our South Bay community.
Call 310-374-3426, ext. 256 to talk with a referral agent who can help you find the resource or professional that you or child need.