Grief and bereavement education: Resources, support and a staff survey

Findings from the independent UK Commission on Bereavement make a compelling case for loss and bereavement to be taught in schools. Gail Precious urges educators to respond to a survey seeking their views on the matter

A year ago, I wrote in SecEd about a unique opportunity to involve your pupils in the UK Commission on Bereavement.

The commission was coordinating one of the largest consultations on bereavement support ever undertaken in the UK. The aim of this work was to better understand the different experiences of bereavement and to map-out the kinds of help that are most useful to those who have been bereaved of someone close to them. The Commission heard from more than 1,000 adults and almost 100 children and young people.

Supporting communities across the UK to normalise reactions to grief will help to build resilient and compassionate communities. Among a range of recommendations to support this process, the commission called for grief education to be a key topic that should be included in the curriculum.

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