Books about bereavement for secondary schools


This resource provides a detailed list of books and other resources suitable to use with young people when looking at the life cycle and bereavement.

This resource offers school staff a range of suitable books for young people aimed at discussing the life cycle, end of life and/or bereavement. There are also suggestions for other resources such as leaflets, short films and websites.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • Young people aged 11 to 18

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental health and wellbeing

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

• how to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary

• how to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing concerns

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Personal Health

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

• Investigate the influences on physical and emotional /mental personal health

• Develop understanding about, and strategies to manage, the effects of change on body, mind and behaviour

• Develop strategies to promote personal safety

Key Stage 4 pupils should be enabled to:

• reflect on, and respond to, their developing concept of self, including managing emotions and reactions to on-going life experiences

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing

• I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

• I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

• I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.

• I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

• I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing:

Progression step 3

• I can see the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

• I can ask for help when I need it from people I trust.

Progression step 4: I can identify people and groups who can help me with my mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 5:

• I can contribute towards a culture where talking about mental health and emotional well-being is encouraged and normalised.

• I can identify when to seek help based on a good understanding of my mental health and emotional well-being. 

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