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Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools

Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools

A Training Resource to Assess, Evaluate and Improve the School Response

John Holland

Quick Overview

A complete resource to provide the best possible response to pupil and staff bereavement and loss in schools. Includes guidance on communication and the importance of considered whole-school support, audit and assessment tools, as well as a full set of photocopiable exercises for in-school training.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 10.98in x 8.50in / 279mm x 216mm, 152pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-692-2
2016, PDF, 152pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-229-4
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This practical resource provides everything you need to enable your school to provide the best possible support for pupils and staff who have suffered a loss or bereavement.

The book includes a school 'audit' to allow full assessment and evaluation of your school's current bereavement provision, and a full set of photocopiable training exercises for in-school staff bereavement training. It considers the important and unique role the school can play in supporting bereaved pupils and staff, and provides valuable guidance on how to create a school bereavement policy.

A unique and accessible resource that is applicable to all levels of schooling, the book will be a valuable addition to the shelves of pastoral care teams, school counsellors, head teachers and school management, other school staff, bereavement counsellors and trainers, as well as psychologists.


'John Holland's newest resource, Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools, is an invaluable tool for training educators. Its practical and comprehensive style heightens understandings necessary to assess, evaluate, and improve the school's response to the loss and bereavement of their students. It clearly explains issues of loss and the importance of gathering and planning for loss, and provides pre-training information, useable exercises for classroom teachers, and guiding principles to work with. Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools will assuredly be a cherished resource for school personnel working with bereaved students. I highly recommend it!'
- Linda Goldman, author of Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know and Children Also Grieve

'John Holland writes in a very accessible way with the wisdom that comes from years of experience in the field of bereavement. This welcome addition to the literature gives schools a comprehensive understanding of the needs and responses of children, families and schools at a time when staff may feel hesitant about their capacity to offer support. The clear information, activities and reflections should dispel some of the mystique and anxiety surrounding the topic of bereavement.'
- Shirley Potts, Director of Regional Development, Child Bereavement UK

'If I had any type of leadership role in school I would want the thinking and experience of John Holland. This excellent book will guide you to create the right support package unique to the many types of loss and bereavement that schools encounter on a daily basis. Attending to these losses, big and small, helps to shape the personality of a school well beyond the measures of league tables.'
- Julie Stokes OBE, Founder of Winston’s Wish, a leading charity for bereaved children, UK


By (author): John Holland