Sarah Cope
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  • Sharon Melia-Craven
    Sharon Melia-Craven
    Rainbows Bereavement Support GB

    I have had 40 years experience within Catholic education, including three Headships.

    Since retiring in 2016, I have worked as the National Co-Director for Rainbows Bereavement Support GB, with responsibility for the north of the country. However since January 2013 I Have taken on the role of National Director for the whole country.

    Rainbows Bereavement Support GB is a well-respected national charity. It has a proven, positive and direct impact on the lives of children, young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives. It currently operates in 1400 schools.

    The principal objectives and activities of Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain are:

    Raising awareness of the impact of bereavement and loss on children, young people and adults;
    Facilitating high quality education and training in bereavement and loss;
    Providing practical, realistic and sensitive guidance to ensure all schools have appropriate bereavement policies and procedures in place;
    Nurturing and developing the emotional health and well-being of children, young people and adults who have experienced a significant loss through death, relationship breakdown or other adverse circumstance;
    Offering structured, age related programmes for grieving children and young people aged 4 to 19.


Zoom Session
Zoom Session


Tue 11 Mar 2025


09:30 - 11:30

Bereavement Guidance and Support for SLT

Focus: Catholic Life
For: Headteachers, senior leadership team


Bereavement and Loss training and what to do ‘When Somebody Dies’.

Rainbows is committed to helping children and young people grieve and grow after loss.

In the recently published report by the UK commission on Bereavement, they found that ‘talking about and acknowledging a bereavement – was important for bereaved children and young people, so they felt less alone. The Commission also heard that supporting bereaved children and young people while they were at school was really important’. The report can be found here.

This brief Bereavement and Loss training will help attendees to understand the impact grief has on children and young people and what schools can do to support those experiencing significant loss.

Attendees will also find out what to do ‘When Somebody Dies’ in their community, offering a practical user friendly resource to support schools to respond appropriately and to affirm and advise in their on-going work with those who grieve.

Director’s Note:

Information on this session was shared with me at a national meeting of Catholic leaders. The headteachers couldn’t recommend it enough… so it’s in.

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