Support for children bereaved through sudden and accidental death
Sudden death, such as the result of a fatal accident, is traumatic for adults, which can affect the support they are able to give to the child. The child can feel very frightened and insecure and the ‘safe haven’ of school and caring adults can play an important part in supporting the child’s grief. From a school’s perspective, providing a safe and caring environment for children is a fundamental and essential support mechanism, and perhaps the only constant in a child’s life. This is especially important when the child’s world is turned upside down through sudden death or witnessing a traumatic event.