guidance & Resources
'The Silver Linings Programme is an outlet for children in the form of a peer support Crisis response model based on six sessions in which participants share their personal stories, express their feelings, and reconcile the crisis event using their coping skills and move on to the future - knowing that they will be
supported by people who care for them.'
The Department for Education has published a Mental Health & Wellbeing teacher training module as part of its support package for RHSE. The webpage also contains links to lesson resources including videos and to additional Covid 19 resources created by the Tenax Schools Trust. Please note that these resources are not specifically designed for faith schools and may need adapting/modifying for use within the context of a Catholic school. Updated 19/6/20
Mental Health Access Pack: Helping the Church Support those With Mental Health Issues
This is a free online resource which provides a range of information and resources pertaining to Mental Health. It is organised under four key headings: Common Conditions, Caring for People, Practical Tips and What the Bible Says. It has been endorsed by a number of prominent Christians including Archbishop Bernard and The Baroness Hollins. Please click on the image to access the website. (Updated 7/01/2021)
The Resource Centre is currently closed. However, the resources listed below have been made accessible to support schools during this time. The resources are taken from When Somebody Dies (half-day training course) and are available on their website here. The full resource pack including CDRom comes with the training which we will continue to facilitate when we are able to.
Breaking Sad News, Sample Memos and Letters and School Website Notices, Sample School Bereavement Policy and Procedures, Attitudes to Death, Memorials and Funeral Services, Draft Leaflet for Parent and Carers, Children with Special Educational Needs, Reactions to Grief: The Grieving Process, Children’s Reactions to Death
Child Bereavement UK
Managing Bereavement: A guide for schools
This resource contains useful advice and guidance to schools which will help you to reflect upon the necessary elements of a policy as well as in the process of constructing a policy.
Child Bereavement UK New resources include a short video and two pdf documents:
Supporting Bereaved Children Through Difficult Times and When a Grandparent Dies: The Impact on Children and Young People Updated 19/6/20
Sudden Bereavement Flowchart
Produced by the Diocese of Southwark this document can be downloaded here.
Scripture Quotations and Readings
Readings for the Commemoration of all the faithful departed (Holy Souls 2 November):
Psalm 26:1, 4, 7-9, 13-14 The Lord is my light and my help
Gospel: Year A: Matthew 11:25-30, Year B: Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6, Year C: Luke 7:11-17
See also Appendix 1 of English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy Bereavement Policy
Prayers for those who have died
The Art of Dying Well
The Liturgy Office
See Appendix 2 English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy Bereavement Policy
When Somebody Dies
A Strategy for Schools: Positive Responses to Death p 6-7 (Winston's Wish)
We would like to thank the following schools for allowing us to share their Bereavement Policies.
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, Bilston
English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy, Oakham