Primary School Bereavement Programme – May 2024

The Solas Cancer Support Centre developed a professional development course in 2021 and the aim of this free education programme was to guide teachers in supporting bereaved children in their schools and classrooms.

This 2-day online course will run again in 2024 and is scheduled for Thursday May 16th and Thursday May 30th.

Brid Carroll developed this 9-hour training module that will be delivered in 2 sessions. Brid is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor with a special interest in bereavement and loss. She holds a Masters in Bereavement Studies from RCSI Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood Bereavement from St. Christopher’s Hospice London.  She is a contributor to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s workshop series and is Co-ordinator of their Professional Certificate in Children and Loss.

This zoom course aims to:

  • Develop the necessary skills to befriend and support a bereaved child in their school community.
  • Improve understanding of how grief affects children at various developmental stages.
  • Explore a child’s concept of death.
  • Gain awareness and understanding of a child within their family context.
  • Raise awareness of the signs that may indicate a child requires professional support.
  • Explore intervention tools that might be used in the classroom to allow for healthy conversations about grief and loss.
  • Shed light on the impact of grief and loss on teachers themselves both personally and professionally.
  • Offer knowledge of the theories and models that underpin bereavement and loss in children e.g.
  • Dual Process Model
  • Narrative therapy
  • Continuing Bonds

The free online course will include course materials and additional resources available following completion of the course. To register for the course or for further information please contact the Solas Cancer Support Centre on or 051 304604.