Bereavement Counselling in Schools
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A thoughtful question from Daniel Sobel on LinkedIn:
Do our schools need more training in how to support children and families in bereavement?
The first reply was a plaintive cry, which said, ‘more? They need some!’
I well remember the times when as a child, an announcement was made in assembly, particularly in primary school, that a parent had died and that was why one of our friends would not be in school for a while. It seemed to me that to lose a mum or dad was the worst conceivable nightmare, and I’ve always had a place in my heart for those who did not see both their parents through to adulthood.
It seemed that the thankfully infrequent occasions when the death of the parent was announced, that it was merely an issue of dignified news giving. I was never aware of any systematic dealing with the issues related to death in the family.
As a teacher, I never had to deal with the issue directly, which was a blessing. However, I’m sure that any response would be reactive and passed on to a pastoral manager on the basis that it would be too specialised for a class teacher.
We should do better than this as it is an issue we all have to face eventually, and I’m thinking of people of my vintage who have lost parents recently – it does not get any easier, whatever your age.
Does your school have a more systematic and developed approach to such support and counselling?
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