I asked Mrs Clark to collate some information for us a staff and also you, as parents, concerning bereavement and how to support the children if you sadly lose someone in your family. We are of course hoping none of us have to cope with this situation and access any of the following information, however as my Sea Scout MOTTO says...Best to BE PREPARED.
So below is Mrs Clark's information and links (yellow/blue words) to some of the better bereavement resources available...
As the global community tries to navigate the current situation, we as a school community are also addressing the challenges that are being presented daily; children, families and staff alike. As such we want to ensure that we are able to give emotional support to our school community, even if we are not able to open our doors to everyone as usual. It is with this in mind that we have decided that we must address the difficult subject of bereavement.
We wholeheartedly hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and have no need to access the resources we have placed on this section of the website. However, we want to make sure that everyone has access to information and guidance that can support through times that can cause such deep emotional responses.
Supporting parents and carers with loss:
It is absolutely vital that adults, even those who have care of children, look after their own emotional wellbeing through difficult times. Unless we are able to process our own feelings and emotions it is even more challenging to provide the support needed to those around us.
Please be reassured that there is no right or wrong way to grieve, you do not need to be strong at all times. Make sure that you find time for yourself to process what has happened and to allow yourself to experience those feelings. That way you will be better able to support children and other loved ones in dealing with their own feelings.
Supporting children with loss:
Death is a delicate and tricky subject to address with children. Their understanding will change as they mature as may the way in which they respond to loss. Below we have tried to identify some likely questions that there may be around supporting children through a bereavement and have provided links to help answer those questions. We have tried to provide links where we feel answers are provided in a clear accessible manner. There are, however, many alternative sources of information that are available.
How do I talk to my child about someone who is serious ill?
How do I tell my child that someone has died?
How do explain death?
How will my child deal with a bereavement?
How do I support them to deal with their feelings about bereavement?
Suggestions from young people
How can I reassure my child following the loss of someone to Coronavirus?
Are there any books or other resources that can help my child understand/process what has happened?
The documents below are taken from Child Bereavement UK’s schools information pack.
How do I manage anxiety around Coronavirus?
Detailed information on managing anxiety and mental health at the present time.
A brief overview and a few practical strategies to manage anxiety.
How can school help?
Please keep in touch with us. We will do what we can to guide you to available resources and to support children and families through these challenging times.
Andover & District (Cruse Bereavement Care)
Services available in Andover at present time:
Child and Young Persons (CYP)
For further information, or to access services in Andover, please contact: 01264 336006
If you would like advice and guidance on supporting a bereaved child or young person, please contact our Helpline team.
Freephone National Helpline: 08088 020 021
Simon Says Bereavement Charity
If you feel there is further information or support that you would like guidance towards, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavor to provide support.