Leading On - Bereavement (Part 3) - Remembering and Thriving

This session will focus on the role that schools and colleges have in supporting students and staff as they learn how to live through loss and find hope.

This session is the final webinar in a three-part series. It is recommended that participants view the previous sessions Leading on…Bereavement: Parts 1 and 2, before taking part in this webinar.

Grief rarely follows a neat path of being tidied away in three to six months. Instead, it twists and turns and can re-emerge months or even years later, often triggered by an event or memory such as an anniversary.

This session will take the longer view (six months and beyond) to plan ahead for events that bring the community together to remember those who have been lost and support the loved ones left behind.

By planning in advance, pitfalls such as media-led campaigns, or individual requests being ignored or acted on without considering the implications for others, can be avoided. Leaders can set the tone for how the community responds and create meaningful memorials or gatherings, religious or otherwise, which reflect the culture and beliefs in the school or college.
These acts of healing and remembrance allow those left behind to move forward with optimism and lead fulfilling lives – not only to survive but to thrive.

Find out more about parts 1 and 2 of this series.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.
 
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Pat Sowa

Director, Starfish

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Participants will:

  • understand grief and responses to grief beyond six months including what to say, and not to say
  • receive information on guidelines and suggestions for acts of remembrance and physical memorials
  • understand how to manage transitions and ongoing support passing on ‘lived history’ as staff and pupils move on
There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

This session is suitable for all senior leaders across primary, secondary and post-16 settings. It is also useful for pastoral and safeguarding leaders, colleagues with responsibility for HR, and governors.

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure  you have access to a computer or device that meets the system requirements available here.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.