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Information for the community – Updated guidelines from 5 August 2021
Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Telling children in school that one of their friends has died is a particularly difficult task, requiring great sensitivity on the part of the head teacher, chaplain or other members of staff.

"It creates trust to provide children with truthful, age appropriate and culturally sensitive information."
~ Teaching Children with Life-Limiting Illnesses: A manual for schools

Telling children in school that one of their friends has died is a particularly difficult task, requiring great sensitivity on the part of the head teacher, chaplain or other members of staff. The announcement should be made with honesty, directness and simplicity. It will help children in their shock and grief if they see for themselves that the adults around them are experiencing the same emotions. It is helpful to be given permission to cry, however young or old you are, and to be assured that tears are healing in the outpouring of emotion.

Some sort of remembrance event at school, marking and celebrating the child's life and giving opportunity to express sorrow and all the conflicting emotions that arise, may be creative and healing.1

When a death influences the lives of students, teachers and schools can make a life-long difference by creating an environment for healing and support. Teachers have the opportunity to touch children's lives in a very special way; their actions have a lifelong impact.

Having an open and informed relationship with the school will benefit the returning child(ren) and their family. It is important the school is aware of the difficulties and the impact they may have.

1 Frances Dominica, 1997, Just my reflection: Helping families to do things their way when their child dies, Great Britain, Golden Cup Printing