Children and Grief

SEE THIS CHILD

See this child before you
Wounded
Vulnerable
Changed
…the child of yesterday gone forever.
Who will really look at this child:
Is it easier to assume
He will emerge unscathed
Then to face the turmoil with him?
Who will step in the road
Before this child…
Laden with mountains and valleys,
Potholes and detours?
Who will walk a bit of his journey with him?
Who will offer some temporary shelter
From the storms that rage around
And within this child?
Who will open doors that this child
Cannot see through his pain?
Who will listen to what this child
Is really saying
when he is belligerent
when he is too shy to speak
when his laughter masks his fears?
Who will help this child to recognize
His successes,
And give him the courage to step
Beyond his failures with dignity?
Who will be with this child
On the other side of healing
As he recognizes his growth
And acceptance?

Excerpt from DEATH AND THE CLASSROOM