Teachers and family liaison officers are often in the front line with a child who is coming to terms with the death of a loved one and they can make a real difference during the grieving process.
The ‘Our Year Since’ DVD series will assist you and your school in its strategies to support bereaved children, helping them to understand their grief and bereavement whilst teaching valuable skills to supporting friends.
This DVD series has many benefits to assist teachers and family liaison officers including:
In the classroom
The DVDs can be viewed in a group classroom session, possibly as part of a schools personal development programme (i.e. PSHE). With a subject that is normally hard to approach or difficult for pupils to discuss, the DVDs can initiate open discussion about events in the animation, enabling children/young people to have a better understanding of grief and bereavement even if they haven’t experienced it personally.
On a one to one basis
The DVDs can be used during a one to one counselling session with bereaved children/young people by teachers, school counsellors or family liaison officers. With a running time of 12 minutes the DVDs can be watched and then dicussed with the child/young person initiating conversation about feelings and situations that may normally be harder to achieve through traditional methods.
The DVDs can be given to the bereaved child/young person to take home and watch alone or with other family members, giving them time to think through the issues in the animation before returning to a counselling session to discuss the events portrayed in relation to their own situation.
The school curriculum can provide opportunities for pupils and their teachers to explore experiences and feelings associated with bereavement. In particular, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which gives pupils and teachers a forum for discussing relationships, feelings and emotions.
The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) resource provides a whole-school framework for developing primary school pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural skills (SEBS) .
The National Healthy Schools Programme aims to support pupils in developing healthy behaviours, raise pupil achievement, reduce health inequalities, and promote social inclusion.
(Items 3-7 Requires PC or Mac to download)