Key Points – A pupil’s expression of grief

  • Pupils will experience a range of emotions and behaviours when they are bereaved.
  • What they show will not always match what they feel as they may try to mask feelings to help them fit in at school.
  • Feelings include – anger, sadness, worry/anxiety, guilt/regret, confusion, numbness and loss.
  • Behaviours include – separation anxiety, physical symptoms, regression, questioning, risk taking, performance issues, apathy, withdrawal and change in responsibility.
  • It is important to recognise that a pupil may be grieving, even if the bereavement happened a long time ago.