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Covid-19: Dealing with grief and supporting staff and pupils

As the pandemic continues, supporting pupils and staff who have been affected by bereavement has become an even bigger consideration for schools. Helen Frostick advises

Even in normal times, many schools will experience a death in their community, whether it be a pupil, member of staff or a parent or family member of a pupil. And during the current pandemic, it is even more likely that bereavement will affect our pupils or staff.

Of course, there will be anxiety about the prospect of talking about death – not least because dealing with personal feelings can be incredibly difficult.

Death is difficult to deal with for all of us. However, research indicates that the key to preventing chronic post-traumatic difficulties is providing additional and appropriate support in the aftermath of such events (Qi et al, 2016).

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