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Interested in applying for the Dying to Talk Accreditation?

The Dying to Talk training is free to all schools, ensuring that those working in schools are well-equipped to support grieving students. It covers topics such as:

  • Understanding Grief and Loss
  • What to expect at different ages
  • Ways of working with loss
  • Supporting pre-bereavement
  • Self-care when working with bereaved children

So far, over 40 schools have attended our training, something we are really proud of.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the Dying to Talk training and we will update this section with further information shortly. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending future training, please register your interest by emailing your details to: emotionalwellbeing@stelizabethhospice.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Which schools have achieved accreditation so far?
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“I would like to thank you all for your comprehensive, sensitive and relevant training course and the follow up support. The information and strategies I gained from the course has already been invaluable supporting our young children going through the most difficult times."

“Sharing the course details has helped our staff team feel more confident addressing the subject of death and loss and we hope this proves beneficial for our school community in the short and long term.”

"The Dying to Talk programme has given us the confidence and skills to reach out, listen, support and hold someone’s hand on their journey."

"The course itself was inspiring, and working with our really knowledgeable facilitator ensured that any awkward or difficult conversations or questions were dealt with sensitively."

"We found the training both useful and informative. It has given us the tools to know how to and better understand bereavement and how we can best support our children and families in school."

What does this mean going forward for the schools involved?

Schools who have completed accreditation are required to complete an annual review to keep the title. Accredited schools must have:

  • An up to date bereavement policy
  • An identified Bereavement Champion in school who has completed the training
  • A library of bereavement resources and literature for children and young people to access freely
  • Provision for bereavement support for children and young people either on a one to one basis or in groups

Bereavement Champions are invited to a yearly forum and have two opportunities each year for consultation with children bereavement service counsellors to refresh training and maintain a high level of support for families.

For the schools who have completed accreditation, we can assist with resources which will allow you to feature content on your own website.

You can also expect your school accreditation to feature in our stories in the local media and press.

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