Bereavement

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By Karen Harteducational writer

Understanding and supporting young children who are coping with loss


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Introduction

Maybe it’s because the subject of bereavement is so delicate that we sometimes fail to give much thought to how best we can help those suffering a loss. When we come up against someone affected by the death of a loved one we’re often left wondering what to say and how to help – especially when that person is a child. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that the majority of schools and nurseries do not have policies in place to deal with the subject and, amongst those that do, rarely do these include information on how to obtain helpful literature or give comprehensive advice to teachers or nursery staff on how to handle the subject.


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