Linda Goldman, author of Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know and Children Also Grieve
John Holland's newest resource, Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools, is an invaluable tool for training educators. Its practical and comprehensive style heightens understandings necessary to assess, evaluate, and improve the school's response to the loss and bereavement of their students. It clearly explains issues of loss and the importance of gathering and planning for loss, and provides pre-training information, useable exercises for classroom teachers, and guiding principles to work with. Responding to Loss and Bereavement in Schools will assuredly be a cherished resource for school personnel working with bereaved students. I highly recommend it!
Shirley Potts, Director of Regional Development, Child Bereavement UK
John Holland writes in a very accessible way with the wisdom that comes from years of experience in the field of bereavement. This welcome addition to the literature gives schools a comprehensive understanding of the needs and responses of children, families and schools at a time when staff may feel hesitant about their capacity to offer support. The clear information, activities and reflections should dispel some of the mystique and anxiety surrounding the topic of bereavement.
Julie Stokes OBE, Founder of Winston’s Wish, a leading charity for bereaved children, UK
If I had any type of leadership role in school I would want the thinking and experience of John Holland. This excellent book will guide you to create the right support package unique to the many types of loss and bereavement that schools encounter on a daily basis. Attending to these losses, big and small, helps to shape the personality of a school well beyond the measures of league tables.