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?