This guide is free to download and offers schools and educational settings guidance, support and information when a death occurs in the school community, when a school is facing an expected death or when a pupil is facing bereavement.

FULL DOWNLOAD Managing bereavement: A guide for schools

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Bereavement support and information for schools:

Cover, index and welcome
1) How schools can support a bereaved pupil
2) Children’s understanding of death
3) Breaking sad news - a death in the school community
4) Special assemblies - saying goodbye
5) Guidance for parents and carers
6) The role of the school
7) Supporting a bereaved pupil
8) Cultures and beliefs
9) Bereavement support groups
10) Looking after yourself (staff)
11) Practical ideas

Specific areas of support:

i) Pupils with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
ii) Pre-bereavement when a family member is not expected to live
iii) Pupils with a life-limiting illness
iv) Suicide
v) Forces families
vi) Social media and young people’s views
vii) Supporting children and young people bereaved by murder or manslaughter
viii) Responding to frightening events

Books and resources:

A) Books and resources_Early years
B) Books and resources_Primary
C) Books and resources_Secondary
D) Books and resources_Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
E) Books and resources for staff
F) Books and resources for parents and carers
G) Books and resources_Suicide
H) Books and resources_Murder and manslaughter
I) Helpful organisations

Bereavement policy or charter:

Appendix i) Developing a school bereavement policy or charter
Appendix ii) Template letter to parents and carers
Appendix iii) Template letter to parents and staff_death of a pupil
Appendix iv) Template letter to parents and carers_death of a member of staff