Why should you have a bereavement policy?

An Early Years setting which takes time to formalise a response before a critical incident or tragedy occurs, will be much better placed to cope should it ever have to be put into practice. However, every setting is different and every situation unique. What is deemed appropriate will vary but it is important to have the opportunity to discuss this is in a calm environment. The policy should be viewed more as a framework to work around rather than something prescriptive.

A > bereavement policy will:

  • Help to prepare you for a death in your community
  • Provide a 'go to' document to guide you at a very difficult time
  • Encourage you to identify and define roles and responsibilities
  • Be a source of information where you might include drafted letters and details of support organisations.

> An example of a nursery bereavement policy