“Death neither obeys the school timetable nor appears on it... it enters the classroom without knocking.”

A death can affect the school community in many differing ways. Adults and pupils benefit from being kept informed of a death. Rumour and gossip can be very damaging and can lead to both young and old developing the attitude that the death is not a topic to talk about. Children and young people have a healthy curiosity and if they are not informed of the circumstances or feel they are unable to ask questions, their normal grief process can be obstructed.

We hope these resources will be help if children you care for have questions.

Freephone Helpline

Winston’s Wish has a Freephone National Helpline (08088 020 021) available for parents or professionals to call between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday.