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Title: Bereavement

How should we deal with death?
  • Everybody deals with bereavement differently,
    some people prefer to deal with it in their own
    way and grieve silently this is fine.
  • Others like to reach out and seek support this
    is also fine.
  • Never be embarrassed or feel uncomfortable, it
    happens to us all.
  • Most healthcare professionals agree that
    bereavement is best overcome when we face our
    grief and talk about it openly. This is not for
    everybody and we must be sensitive when
    discussing such a personal issue.
  • So should death be something that we talk about

  • Death and bereavement used to be seen as taboo.
  • Nowadays people are becoming more open about the
    issue death is talked about openly in the
    media, for example, on television.
  • How many examples can you give of films/tv shows
    that have dealt with death in recent years? You
    have 3 minutes to list as many examples as you
  • From the examples you have given I want you to
    consider the following
  • How was death dealt with? Openly and honestly or
  • How was bereavement dealt with? Positively or
  • Why was this issue included in the film/show? For
    entertainment? For shock value?
  • Who was this show/movie aimed at? Does this make
    a difference to the way the issue was portrayed?

  • Should the media show issues of death and
    bereavement openly?

  • Surprisingly, many children's tv shows and movies
    have openly dealt with the topic of death.
  • A good example of this is Disney the lion king,
  • Is this right?

Are Disney films successful in their treatment of
such sensitive topics?
Should bereavement be dealt with at school?
Yes No

What could school do to help young people dealing
with bereavement?
Offering support
  • Its hard to know what to say to somebody who has
    lost a love one, but sometimes its just nice to
    know that you have somebody looking out for you.
  • Grab some pieces of coloured paper, cut them into
  • On each strip write a piece of advice, something
    supportive, or even just a nice message that you
    would offer somebody dealing with bereavement.
  • We are going to link them all together to make
    one long paper chain of support as a class.

Where can I get help at school
  • If you are struggling then it might be a good
    idea to contact someone at school, even if this
    is just to make someone aware of your situation.
  • Speak to your tutor they are there to help you
    and know lots of useful stuff. They can speak to
    others for you if you dont want to.
  • School nurse shes here every Thursday at break
    time. Stress from bereavement can cause physical
    and mental difficulties and the nurse will know
    how to deal with this.
  • ECM there job is to look out for your
  • Your PL they can make your subject teachers
    aware of the fact that you may need extra support
    with your workload, etc.

Useful websites
  • If you or someone you know would like support,
    someone to talk to, or even just a bit of advice,
    these websites might be a good place to start
  • You can also visit your doctor if you feel that
    you are not coping with bereavement, dont be
    embarrassed they can really help you.