Grief usually follows some sort of loss — whether that is the death of a loved one, or a divorce/separation, loss of a job, or some other significant change in life that means leaving behind something cherished. We also use the term ‘bereavement’ when talking about the period of sadness that follows a major loss.
There are a number of stages in the grief process as follows:
- Denial — initially it is difficult to believe the loss has happened — there are usually feelings of numbness, as if you are living in a dream.
- Anger — it is quite normal to feel angry — even anger towards a loved one who has died is normal.
- Depression — once you begin to realise the loss has happened and you cannot change it, many people feel angry and frustrated.
- Acceptance — acknowledging the loss and accepting that it has happened and your situation will not change — it is time to move on.
Grief is a normal reaction to loss and no two people experience grief in the same way. It is a process that all people must go through when they experience the loss of something dear to them.
The grief topics we produce resources for include:
- Death of a loved one
- Job loss
- The grief process
We publish grief resources that support schools by providing help and information in an educational format. Our resource packs cover the details in a delicate way that informs as well as educates.
Teaching students about grief can be a difficult task. Our aim is to produce resource packs that deal with the issues in a way that respects the privacy of anyone going through these issues.