English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

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Bereavement and Loss

We acknowledge that some children are likely to experience a significant life change like separation, bereavement, loss and sadness during their childhood. Each child will react differently to these experiences, they will feel a range of emotions and there is no right or wrong way to grieve or cope with sadness.


At English Martyr's Catholic Primary School, we create a safe, caring and secure environment in which all children can express, and be supported in their feelings. Being educated through our virtues of faith, our children learn the importance of kindness, respect and healthy, supportive relationships. In addition to our Catholic ethos, we also specifically address the issue of bereavement and loss through our RE and PSHE curriculum at an age appropriate level.


However, there will be times where our children will need additional support to this, and below are some of the ways we can help our children work through these difficult periods of time:

· We have a dedicated area in our library with books and information leaflets relating to separation, bereavement and loss.

· We can offer 1:1 time with Miss Rowley, our Nurture trained member of staff, who is experienced in supporting children with emotional needs.

· We run nurture groups in school on a need by need basis where children can work in a small group to explore self-esteem, confidence and emotions.

· We can lead lunchtime clubs for children who are finding the lunch break a bit too long or would just prefer some quiet time.

· We can access specialised support through Catholic Care, who offer 1:1 pupil counselling and family.

· We can work through resources provided by charities and organisations who specialise in childhood bereavement e.g. Winston’s Wish and OWLS.


We would also like to signpost you to some websites that provide a range of information about services and support:


COVID 19 – Coronavirus and Staying at Home

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/


Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/


Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak


British Psychological Society: https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/babcock_l_d_p/Core-Downloads/Covid/Talking-to-children-about-Coronavirus-BPS-document.pdf


Mindmate: https://www.mindmate.org.uk/im-a-parent-or-carer/




Child Bereavement UK: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/


CRUSE Bereavement Care: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/local-services/yorkshire-and-humber/leeds/children-and-young-people


OWLS – Overcoming Bereavement, Worry and Loss: https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/our-work/owls-bereavement/


Winston’s Wish: https://www.winstonswish.org/


Catholic Children’s Society: https://www.cathchild.org.uk/rainbows-bereavment-support-programme/



NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/separation-and-divorce/


Family Lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/divorce-and-separation/


Gingerbread: https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/


Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-divorce-or-separation/



All staff at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School are here to support your child and your family through any bereavement or life change so please inform us if your child has suffered any loss or sadness. You can speak to your child’s class teacher, leave a message with the office staff or speak to Mrs Kelly (Well-being Officer and Safeguarding Officer) Mrs Connell (Headteacher and Safeguarding Officer) or Mrs Kerrigan (Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Officer).