Schools 

Grief UK have extensive experience in providing training in Helping Children with Loss programmes and improving the emotional and mental wellbeing of thousands.  We are continuously adding new resources and materials that can be used to support your students and staff.  

Schools 

Grief UK have extensive experience in providing training in Helping Children with Loss programmes and improving the emotional and mental wellbeing of thousands.  We are continuously adding new resources and materials that can be used to support your students and staff. 

Dealing with Grief in Schools

Free downloads for schools 

Our downloadable resources can be reproduced for use in staff planners, enlarged to A3 size for posters and shared digitally. 
Click on the image to open each file. 
Tips for students supporting their friends
Self care tips for teachers 
Living With Uncertainty: Daily Gratitude 
Living With Uncertainty: Circles of Control 
Walking Meditation
Living With Uncertainty: Walking Meditation 
Breathing techniques for students
Living With Uncertainty: Breathing 
Tips for students supporting their friends
Tips for students supporting their friends 
Tips for effective listening techniques with students
Tips for effective listening techniques with students 
Tips for effective communication with students
Tips for effective communication with students 
Tips for expressing sympathy to bereaved families
Tips for expressing sympathy to bereaved families 
Tips for "saying the right thing" following loss
Tips for "saying the right thing" following loss 
What to say to parents about school reopening
What to say to parents about school reopening 
Survey for EYFS/KS1 on returning to school (boy)
Survey for EYFS/KS1 on returning to school (boy) 
Survey for EYFS/KS1 on returning to school (girl)
Survey for EYFS/KS1 on returning to school (girl) 
Survey for KS2 on returning to school (boy)
Survey for KS2 on returning to school (boy) 
Survey for KS2 on returning to school
Survey for KS2 on returning to school (girl) 
Check in with your KS3 students
Check in with your KS3 students using this easy survey 
Red flags and coping mechanisms in kids and teens
Red flags and coping mechanisms in kids and teens 
These 'red flag' behaviours signal emotional distress
Tips for students supporting their friends 
Simple reminders for adults helping children
Simple reminders for adults helping children 
Survey of staff on their emotional wellbeing
Survey of staff on their emotional wellbeing 
Tips for staff on supporting each other
Tips for staff on supporting each other 
Acknowledging thoughts and feelings
Acknowledging thoughts and feelings 
earning how to be in the present moment
Learning how to be in the present moment 
Emotional honesty and connection with others
Emotional honesty and connection with others 
Effective listening and conversation starters
Effective listening and conversation starters 
The importance of goodbyes with loved ones
The importance of goodbyes with loved ones 

Open Ears Programme & Products 

The Open Ears Programme 
 
The Open Ears Programme is a user-friendly year-long PSHE curriculum to develop life-long skills to cope with bereavement, grief and loss, incorporating feelings and emotional wellbeing, developing healthy relationships, and resilience into learning.  
 
The Open Ears Box of Hearts 
 
The 52 cards inside the Box of Hearts each have a question to start off conversations for children to share and learn about their feelings. 
 
Motivational A3 Posters - Set of 5 
 
Inspired by our 5 point plan ebook these 5 images will look great on any wall - classroom, home or office. 
 
They are printed on heavy card & posted flat so NO annoying curling corners that will lift off the wall. 
 

Books & Audio 

Training Programmes 

We know how difficult it can be to find the right words to comfort a child. We don't want to say the wrong thing, but we also want to connect with the child and offer our support. Finding this balance is challenging if you don't have the right tools for the job. 
 
Our "Helping Children with Loss" programme provides parents, teachers and anyone who works with children with the specific tools for helping a child of any age and/or ability level with a personal loss of any kind. 
 
After completion of this course, participants will have the confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with children and teenagers on the topics of grief and loss, as well as specific tools for helping a young person recover from bereavement. 
 
Its techniques have been adapted for children using the evidence-based Grief Recovery Method, which has been successful at helping thousands of grievers all over the world heal from the pain of personal loss for over three decades. The programme is ACEs informed and was created with the awareness that adverse childhood events can have a permanent impact on a person's wellbeing. 
The Helping Children with Loss programme is a course for adults led by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in your area or in an online setting. 
 
The programme uses When Children Grieve by John W. James and Russell Friedman as its textbook and covers the myths of grief, techniques for speaking with children and teenagers about sad feelings, and action steps for dealing with personal losses. 
 
To find your nearest Grief Recovery Specialist, take a look at our map or our online directory
 
Grief UK can also offer bespoke training for your school or organisation. Please contact us at schools@griefuk.org to find out more. 
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