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Dealing with death

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By Michael Jones — Educational Consultant

Bereavement is something no teacher wants to face. But it is a reality. Michael Jones guides you through the grieving process

Boy leaning against a wall

Children will deal with death in different ways

‘The way in which children and young people are treated when someone important in their life dies has a profound effect on their future ability to manage their own lives. School has a very important role to play in this.’

This quote, from the Child Bereavement Charity (CBC), will strike a chord with anyone who has had to help children come to terms with the death of someone close. How should schools respond when a child is near to death and then eventually dies, or when a child is killed in an accident or as the result of a sudden illness? How can we support children who may have a condition where their own life expectancy is threatened, or where they have a life-limiting condition?

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