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Bereavement

Did you know that, according to a Co-op Funeral Service survey, that 'most Britons will suffer their first loss of a loved one by the time they are 21-years-old'? The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) estimate that around one in 29 school-age children have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s roughly one per class.

Learning about loss, is an article on the website of the National Children's Bureau helping schools to think about how they can tackle dying and bereavement within their curriculum. The resources below will help deal with these issues.

Learning about Loss (National Children's Bureau)
https://www.ncb.org.uk/news-opinion/news-highlights/learning-about-loss

Managing a sudden death in the school community (LGfL)
http://bereavement.lgfl.org.uk

Responding to a death that is suspected to be a suicide (Samaritans)
https://www.samaritans.org/education/step-by-step/resources/respond-suspected-suicide-schools

Talking about death with your little one (CBeebies)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/our-family-talking-about-death-with-your-little-one

How to support a bereaved child (Video, Child Bereavement UK)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aix0ted9NKk

What helps grieving children and young people (pdf)
https://childbereavementuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/1.4-What-helps-grieving-children-and-young-people-1.pdf

Books for younger children
  • Frog and the Birdsong by Max Velthuijs (Picture Book)
  • Benny’s Hat by Juliet Clare Bell and Dave Gray (Picture Book)
  • Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley  (Picture Book)
Top 10 children's books on death and bereavement (Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/feb/05/top-10-childrens-books-on-death-bereavement-holly-webb

Books for teenagers about death and grief (Marie Curie)
https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereaved-family-friends/coping-grief-teenager/teen-grief-books

St Albans and District Bereavement Network have listed many available resources in this pdf, which includes links for death after suicide, murder, road accidents and the loss of a baby: 
http://www.sabn.org.uk/pdfs/info-and-resources/Resources-for-School-Staff-About-Bereavement-VERSION3-for-website-updated-03072013.pdf

Explaining Bereavement to children with autism (National Autistic Society)
http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/bereavement.aspx

Websites and Charities

Child Bereavement UK: https://childbereavementuk.org
Child Bereavement Network: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/
Marie Curie: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/
Winston’s Wish: https://www.winstonswish.org/