"Make sure that support is in place for anyone affected by the conversations you might have"

Many professionals feel unprepared for honest conversations about death and grief, yet they already possess all the skills they need. It is often a lack of confidence, or worry about saying the ‘wrong thing’ which can hinder these discussions.

To help prepare for conversations about death and grief:

  • Provide an opportunity for all members of staff to explore the resources and raise any issues, recognising their own vulnerabilities and how to access support, if necessary.
  • Ensure support is in place or have details of support available for staff and pupils, should they need it.
  • Inform parents and carers in advance of discussions about death and grief in class.
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  • Speak to bereaved pupils beforehand to explain what is going to be discussed.
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