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What is Bereavement? (Test)

An introduction to staff on what is bereavement, and how the pupil may act or feel in the classroom. Final up 5-11 Dec.

Jennifer Lee

on 10 January 2013

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Transcript of What is Bereavement? (Test)


Grief is natural.

Adjusting to a loss can take several years, maybe more.

Children may “revisit” a bereavement at various times
through their development. Regressive behavior

(fighting and arguing)

Withdrawal / Social isolation Lack of interest / depression

Insecurity and anxiety

Sadness and longing Inability to concentrate
Preoccupation with cause and meaning of death

Physical complaints.
headaches, pains and aches

Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
Shock and disbelief
They may become angry with a sense of injustice.

It wasn’t fair that it happened to her/him.

  They may be unwilling to express their feelings.

Peer pressure or parents saying things such as “big girls/boys don’t cry” can block their feelings.

Children’s understanding of death is influenced by their own past experiences and by the explanations which they were given to them.

Their reaction to death can be varied but very intense.

  A child’s understanding of death expands according to his/hers cognitive development.

Therefore the concept of death may vary between children but the cognitive understanding about death usually follows a similar pattern.

Their grief will follow a different route from adults as it will depend upon their age and ability.

To help children cope with bereavement we must understand how they at a time of bereavement think and how they can process the information.

www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/grief[Accessed [28th Nov. 2012]

Oxford dictionary of English, (2005) Second Edition, Oxford University press

SOUTH EASTERN EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARD Bereavement in Children, what to expect, how to offer support
[Accessed 15th Nov.2012] Children have difficulties with the abstract concept of death.

They will be confused, uncertain, and fearful.  To be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death (Oxford Dictionary)

Some quotes:

“Grief wraps around people, takes them to a place they would not go otherwise”
(Callahan P. Between the tides)

“Grief was like a seizure that shook me like a storm.”
(Cornwell P., The Body farm)

“In days that follow, I discovered that anger is easier to handle than grief”
(Giffin E., Heart of the Matter) Bereavement
What is it? How does Bereavement
affect children? How can someone who is in a grave also be in heaven?
If the dead person is just sleeping... why don’t they wake up?

Children experience themselves at the center of things and may believe that their thoughts/actions can cause things to happen to others.  
They may feel guilty and responsible.
They may believe that they caused the death by just wishing it.

They may react inappropriately.
They might not understand the far-reaching consequences and may ask to go out to play after they have heard the news.
  The most common, immediate reactions can be: They refuse to accept the death, keeping the facts at a distance . How the grieving process affects learning and school life:
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