One in 29 children aged 5 to 16 has experienced the death of a parent or sibling, and as many as 92% of young people in the UK, will experience a ‘significant’ bereavement before the age of 16. It is thought that up to 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil on the school roll at any one time.
The purpose of this half day workshop is to explore bereavement through a child’s eyes and to consider the important role staff can play in
helping a child to express their grief.
The workshop is participatory in design and includes group discussion & exercises around the following core themes:
- Grief and the spectrum of mental health
- The impact of loss/death on an individual child
- Breaking sad news to a child and sharing sad news with classmates/school community
- Listening to grief & eliciting feelings
- Common questions- knowing what to say, and how to avoid unhelpful, habitual responses
- Managing own emotions in relation to bereavement and children
- Addressing the impact of bereavement on the wider school population