1st Edition

The School Bereavement Toolkit A Practical Guide to Supporting Children

By Jacquie Palmer Copyright 2022
    120 Pages 94 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    120 Pages 94 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Practical and accessible, this guidebook is designed to help staff in schools support bereaved children in their care. Providing information and guidance on practical issues around bereavement and indicating some of the issues that might require extra thought or assistance, this book makes accessing relevant information as easy and quick as possible.

    When busy school staff are faced with a bereaved child, the prospect can be daunting. What do I say? What can I do? Will I make it worse? Have I got time to do this? This book is a toolbox to give staff confidence in helping bereaved young people. Information is easily accessed and simple to use, giving staff quick and practical help. There are sections on what will help and what will not; also included are photocopiable worksheets and tools to aid children and young people to explore their grief, as well as information on how school communities can share the news and manage an initial response.

    With age-appropriate guidance to help school staff working in both primary and secondary settings, this key guide provides quick-to-access information for those not trained in child bereavement to help individual children or whole classes following a loss.


    Basic procedures on hearing the news and in the longer term

    How a bereaved child might be feeling

    Considerations when talking to a bereaved child

    Interventions in the classroom

    Answering difficult questions

    Helping classmates support their grieving friend

    When a child in the class dies

    When a bereavement needs more support

    Support for the carers

    Helpful organisations

    References and bibliography


    Jacquie Palmer ran a counselling service in a school for students with complex medical needs for ten years and gave regular in-service training to teachers on managing bereavement in schools. She is a bereaved mother and has a bereaved daughter of her own.

    Lucy Spink is an illustrator who has always taken a keen interest in creating art that assists education and the understanding of ideas, particularly for those who learn best through visual learning.