Key Points – Theories of grief

  • Grief is the normal response to a death and everyone will grieve in their own unique way.
  • Most bereaved pupils can be supported by their school and family. Some will require additional support, with only a few needing further interventions by specialists.
  • Children and young people “puddle-jump” in and out of their grief.
  • Grieving is hard work and can be exhausting.
  • It is important for a bereaved pupil to find an enduring connection with the person who died.
  • Although the grief will always be with them, a bereaved pupil can grow a new life around their grief.