Marie Curie Reflection Day 23rd March 2021
Tuesday 23 March marks the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown and since then many thousands of people have died.
Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.
To mark the day, the Marie Curie charity is hosting a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. They have provided a school toolkit to help you mark the day.
There is also a resource called Reflective Colouring Pages: Prayers for Marking a Year of COVID-19 These have been produced ‘Illustrated Ministry’ for the National Day of Reflection, you can find them here.
'Never the Same'
School leadership resources for grief, bereavement and loss - based on the CofE Vision for Education:
Child Bereavement UK
We help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families:
Highlight – Managing Behaviour a guide for schools (including a framework for writing a bereavement policy for your school)
Children's Bereavement Centre
The Children’s Bereavement centre supports children, young people and families in the local area, their services are free and you can refer children to them. They also have some great resources on their website.
Here are some booklets to work through when a child has been bereaved, they are age related:
Death, Grief and Hope
In partnership with an experienced school chaplain, this booklet has been put together by Church Army to help youthworkers help young people who have been bereaved during the Covid 19 crisis.
It offers practical steps and a thoughtful approach, all shaped by years of experience of helping young people through grief.
Cruse Bereavement Materials
Please find below, from Cruse Bereavement Care:
Plus they offer free bereavement counselling for adults
Recommended Books around Bereavement for Children and Young People
- The Lonely Tree, Nicholas Halliday
- The Heart of the Bottle, Oliver Jeffers
- It’s a No Money Day, Kate Milner
- Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine, Diana Crossley
- Badgers Parting Gifts, Susan Varley
- The Huge Bag of Worries, Virginia Ironside
- Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, Michael Rosen
- A Pocketful of Stars, Aisha Busby
- The Fault in our Stars, John Green
- Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
Recommended Books around Bereavement for Working with Children and Young People
- The Grieving Child in the Classroom, Sue Trace Lawrence
- Supporting Dying Children and their Families, Paul Nash