A school or nursery with a bereavement policy is prepared and has plans in place to deal with death, grief and bereavement. This applies to supporting a bereaved pupil or member of staff as well as reacting to a critical incident or tragedy, such as the death of someone within the school community. 

Every setting is different, so it is important that the bereavement policy is appropriate for the size, structure and organisation of your nursery or school, as well as reflecting the organisation's culture and ethos.

The following downloads give a suggested framework for structuring a bereavement policy or charter, as well as some template letters to parents and carers.

Developing a bereavement charter or policy

Template letter to parents and carers

Template letter to parents and carers - the death of a pupil

Template letter to parents and carers - the death of a member of staff