Starting on October 11th, the high school will offer grief counseling for students. It will take place during advisory for the following 4 to 6 weeks. It originated from student requests, and it’s there for those who need to share their emotions and thoughts. Whether it be for the loss of a family member or a classmate, the counseling is open to everyone; however, you are required to make an appointment. If you want to participate, you have to sign up by October 6th in the counseling department. If you or anybody you know is interested in or would benefit or by participating, you should talk to your guidance counselor, and if you have any questions feel free to ask them.
Whether or not you choose to participate, this program is a step forwards by the school. Without taking time away classes, lunch, or extracurriculars, students will have space to talk about their emotional states. It can be hard to find time to process while in the swing of school work, in the middle of a sports season, and working to meet the expectations of those around you. Finding time to deal with grief is vital to maintain a balance academically, physically, and socially.
The way we process grief is different for everyone. Whether your first instinct is to isolate or to overshare, you will have a safe space to come to terms with where you are. This will provide a different and much-needed environment during an accessible time. Since it is not required for every student to participate, and those who do must sign up, this will hopefully create a community for students who need support in which their emotions can be taken seriously without the pressure of familial judgement. In an era and community where there is little time for students to process their emotions or find a stage to express them on, this will hopefully fill in some much- needed gaps.
If you or a friend are interested in participating please contact you guidance counselors and sign up soon. Sign ups end October 6th.