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Bereavement and Loss

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Some of the most poignant moments I have experienced in over forty years as a Christian minister have been in schools following a death in their community. For many it was their first real encounter with death and the experience of someone being removed from their lives never to return. We remembered them and what they meant to us. We honoured them by planting trees and in services of thanksgiving. And as we remembered there were flashes of laughter and pride alongside the tears of grief. There are no simple formulae for such occasions.

There could not be a more timely or helpful resource.

From the Forward by Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

‘Bereavement and Loss’ includes:

 Exploring grief 

  • Lessons on grief
  • How children of different ages may understand and react to death – and how school can help them

Initial response

  • Model bereavement protocol
  • Sample letters
  • Information sharing pathways
  • Engaging with your local church and incumbent
  • Guidelines for breaking news of the death to staff and governors
  • Guidelines for breaking news of the death to the pupils

Ongoing support

  • Long term support strategy
  • Ways of remembering
  • Bereavement poetry
  • Bereavement prayers
  • Collective worship during bereavement
  • Bereavement books – for children and adults

Other resources

  • Links to further support material