School Counselors, Multiple Student Deaths, and Grief: A Narrative Inquiry

Michael D. Hannon, Raman K. Mohabir, Richard E. Cleveland, Brandon Hunt

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A team of 5 school counselors were interviewed to learn how they professionally and personally experienced the deaths of multiple students in 1 year in their school while attending to the needs of the school community. By using narrative inquiry, 5 themes emerged from the analysis: gravity of the losses, logistics of care, personal vs. professional conflicts, increased student cohesion, and efficacy. Recommendations for counselor preparation, research, and counseling practice are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • grief
  • grief counseling
  • narrative inquiry
  • school counselors
  • student death


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