My guest today has dealt with more than her fair share of loss, both personally, and seeing her students experience loss. She’s on the podcast today to share how she has worked through this and help teachers who are in similar situations.
I know this is not an easy topic. This wasn’t an easy interview to record, but I believe it’s important.
I really hope that listening to this episode will be of use to those going through something similar or just to have in your back pocket in case these tough and unfortunate things come up with your students.
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- How composing music can help children work through loss
- How performing music at funerals can be beneficial for students
- What to say to students who have lost a friend or relative
- How a beach ball might be the best contribution you can make
- The little things that make a big difference
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
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Have you ever had a student who was going through loss?
How did you deal with it? Did you find a way to support them through music or in another way?
I was really touched by the “dealing with loss” podcast. Of course we all hope that loss would never happen to any of our students, but loss is part of life. I want to be that safe, happy place for a student when they face that challenge. On a reverse note, I wanted to say that my students have been an incredible support to me in my times of loss, and have shown me kindness and help. They and their families have been my sea of happiness when I’ve dealt with the death of my father, and then the rigors of cancer treatment. The personal connections that music brings to students and teachers alike truly do help bind up the wounded heart and lift up the hands that hang down.
Hey Emma – thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m so glad it was helpful. Was a tough one to both decide to do and to record, so lovely to hear that feedback. Wishing you all the best – sounds like you’ve certainly had some challenges of your own.