The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools
Ian Gilbert with William, Olivia and Phoebe Gilbert
A very personal view of what to do – and what never to do – when dealing with bereavement at school.
Every school should have at least one copy of this book for when the inevitable happens. Written by Ian together with his three children, it is a very personal account of the way educational institutions tried and succeeded, tried and failed and sometimes didn’t try at all to help the children come to terms with the death of their mother. Several months after their tragedy, BBC’s Newsround aired a controversial programme about bereavement and children, prompting the family to draw up their own list of dos and don’ts to help steer schools – and indeed all professionals working with children – towards a better understanding of what is needed from them at such a difficult time. A simple, to-the-point guide with all proceeds going to a local children’s bereavement charity.