Grants Sustain the School Crisis Response Program

CATEGORY: Grief and Loss

Hospice of the Western Reserve is grateful for continued grant funding for its School Crisis Response Program from The Ridgecliff Foundation ($25,000) and The Pentair Foundation ($5,000). Both Foundations have provided annual support since 2007. This continuity has enabled the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center to develop deep staff expertise and strong, trusting relationships with area schools.

The School Crisis Response Program supports students and school staff when death-related crises occur, such as suicides, shootings, accidental deaths, unexpected sudden deaths, and anticipated deaths due to serious illness. The counselors provide timely on-site support. Each crisis has unique circumstances; each response is carefully planned in coordination with the school's staff, to fit the specific needs of the impacted school community.

The response team helps the students develop a normalized view of the grief process, find appropriate ways to express their feelings and memorialize the deceased. After the initial response, many schools invite the counselors to lead follow-up activities such as grief support groups and classroom presentations.

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center's School Crisis Response Program is designed to supplement the programs and services already available in schools without further straining school budgets. We are available to provide proactive consultation with school administrators. For more information about the program, please call the bereavement center at 216.486.6838.

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Speak with the referral team by contacting us seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Any first visit and admission can be made the first day.

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More than 1,000 Hospice of the Western Reserve employees and 3,000 volunteers live and work side-by-side in the same neighborhoods with our patients and families. We are privileged to have cared for more than 100,000 Northern Ohioans since our inception.