Key points – Teaching death, grief and bereavement
- Pupil bereavement is more common than most people think.
- Teaching pupils about death and the emotions of grief helps to prepare them for the future.
- It equips pupils with the tools to understand and support peers who are grieving.
- Inform families and carers before the lesson to gather information about any pupil bereavement, in order to identify vulnerable pupils.
- Prepare a bereaved pupil for the content in advance of the lesson.
- Create a safe learning environment where pupils can ask questions, develop emotional vocabulary, build resilience, recognise and enhance empathy.
Time to reflect – Death in the curriculum
When planning a lesson on death, grief and bereavement…
- What do you need to consider?
- What resources could you use?
- How would you measure its effectiveness?