Bereavement in the School Community

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This workshop will focus on the key factors involved in children’s grief within the school community.

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Teachers and school staff are in a unique position to support bereaved children in their class and school community. This workshop will focus on the key factors involved in children’s grief, develop an awareness of the role of a teacher and the importance of the wider school community. The workshop will provide opportunities for active discussion and interaction.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

· access an overview of the theories in relation to bereavement

· understand the key factors in relation to children and bereavement

· describe the possible impact of bereavement in a child’s life

· understand the role of a teacher and other school staff in relation to a bereaved child in the classroom and the wider school community

Presenter Profile

Anne Staunton (B.A. B.Ed., M.A.) is CEO of Rainbows Ireland since 2008. Rainbows Ireland works to support children and young people with loss resulting from bereavement, parental separation and family change. Prior to 2008 Anne worked as a primary teacher for many years. Anne holds an M.Sc. (Hons) in Loss and Bereavement from the Royal College Surgeons and Irish Hospice Foundation. Recently, Anne has authored the new Rainbows Bereavement and Parental Separation programmes at Primary and Second level and she delivers training in these nationwide. Anne regularly networks with, and presents to other services and people working with children and young people in relation to the impact of parental separation and bereavement. She aims to encourage best practice in the field of childhood bereavement and loss and to bring the voice of the child into the discourse around this topic.

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Organiser Irish Hospice Foundation

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2022Workshops on Loss and Bereavement


This is a series of introductory workshops on a range of topics covering loss and bereavement.

Target Audience

The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers who may wish to learn more about loss and bereavement and for those working with people who have experienced a major loss.

These workshops are framed relative to the HSE palliative care competence framework at level two – for people whose work increasingly sees them engaging with people facing loss, bereavement and death. Specifically, the competence dimension for grief and loss; and the competence dimension for communication are of relevance to workshop content and learning outcomes.

The framework is available here https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/323543


Professional accreditation is under application from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. If you have other accreditation needs please contact us. A certificate of participation/attendance at the workshops is available on request.

Teaching Method

The workshops will be held online via Zoom and will include talks and interactive sessions.

Time and Duration

Workshops will commence at 9.15am and conclude at 4.15pm. There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes. Registration will commence at 9.00am


Participants may attend one or more workshops. Please note as places are limited early booking is advised.


€100 per workshop


Full payment is required at the time of online booking.


Cancellations up to 1 week prior to each workshop will be given a full refund minus an administration fee of €10. Thereafter no refunds will be made.

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