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A Special Kind of Grief

A Special Kind of Grief

The Complete Guide for Supporting Bereavement and Loss in Special Schools (and Other SEND Settings)

Sarah Helton

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A toolkit for all special educational needs professionals, providing the resources to ensure that every special school is prepared to handle a pupil bereavement, as well as giving the knowledge and tools to effectively support bereaved children.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.43in x 5.43in / 214mm x 138mm, 176pp
ISBN: 9781785922732
2017, ePUB, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-566-0
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Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), especially those in special schools, often experience grief at a much younger age than others, as some of their peers are more likely to have life-limiting medical conditions. Yet many adults do not know the best way to support a grieving child with SEND. This book provides all the resources that educational professionals need to ensure their community is fully prepared to acknowledge and support pupil bereavement and loss.

Issues covered include bereavement and loss policies and procedures, an appropriate curriculum (including the issues of life, death and loss), how to inform the school community of the death, how to support pupils and staff with the loss, common signs of grieving and how grief affects children at different ages and developmental stages, plus activities and resources to support pupils with their grief. There is also an extensive appendix with template documents for schools to use such as draft letters, policies, procedures, curriculum and lesson ideas.


'A comprehensive "one-stop-shop" on how to support pupils, staff, families and the school community through bereavement, offering simple practical guidance, easily integrated into the school day. Essential reading to instil confidence amongst those caring for children with SEND to address issues of death and bereavement within the school environment.'
- Dr. Katie Koehler, Child Bereavement UK

'With a wealth of practical advice and inspiration that can be used in moments when thinking feels impossible, this book shows you how you can promote happiness, health and resilience in children with special needs through the darkest of times. I will certainly be buying it for the special school I work in!'
- Jill Owen, Head Teacher at Montacute School, Poole

'Sarah's guidance on writing a policy, how to support pupils, families and staff and how to report to the wider community is very clear and well-thought out. An essential book for every school.'
- Kitty Eve, SENCO at Chandag Junior School


By (author): Sarah Helton