School Memorials

By TLC
Posted on October 28, 2013, in Separation and Loss

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children regularly receives calls from school personnel asking about in-school memori - als, memorial services, and memorial practices in schools. Consensus indicates that these memorials are not appropriate when associated with suicide. Beyond this one area of agreement, there are a variety of opinions on memorials for those who have died. Practices are varied and do not always consider the long-term difficulties “in school” memorials can create for students as well as for administrators. This commentary discusses these possible long-term problems, examines the poten - tial traumatic aspects of the ongoing reminders that school memorials can represent for some, and follows with recommendations regarding perma - nent memorials and memorial services practices.

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