How can schools continue their support of a bereaved pupil?

“We are there, we are always there for them.”

Activities such as creating memory boxes and encouraging a pupil to remember the person who has died are valuable.

Check in with the pupil to see how things are for them; these could be specific questions about their friends, managing school work or how their family or carers are.

When it is appropriate, mention the person who died. It can feel very strange for a bereaved pupil when nobody ever speaks about their special person.

Be sensitive to significant anniversary dates and check in with the pupil to make sure they are managing their grief.

Try to prepare a bereaved pupil before a lesson where the topics of death or grief may be raised.

It is important to remember that their bereavement is forever and they may, from time to time, need more support as they process the impact of the death on their life.