* Cruse Bereavement Care ( Regional branches, trained counsellors who will go into schools, telephone helpline, training courses, outstanding selection of books and resources, for teachers and young people - ask for mail order catalogue. Tel: 020 8939 9530.

* The Child Bereavement Trust, Aston House, High Street, West Wycombe, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3AG ( Similar to Cruse, although the CBT doesn't send counsellors into schools. Helpline gives advice to professionals who are working with bereaved children. Extensive range of training courses for primaries and secondaries, delivered in-school or at the trust's Buckinghamshire headquarters. Books, videos, and so on by phone or online. Tel: 01494 446648.

* Lost for Words is a project based in east Yorkshire which has produced training packages for local authorities and individual schools. For details, write to City Psychological Service, 3rd Floor, Essex House, Manor Road, Hull HU1 1YD. Tel: 01482 613747.

* The Grief Centre ( is a Manchester-based charity that helps schools in the north-west organise training days and develop bereavement policies. Tel: 0161 371 8860.

* The Childhood Bereavement Network is a new national resource for bereaved children and young people. Tel: 0115 911 8070. Email:

* Winston's Wish is developing an activity centre on its website which will allow young people to discuss their feelings about death.

Telephone helplines

* ChildLine 0800 1111. For bereaved children who want to talk.

* Cruse 0870 1671677. For bereaved adults or for teachers offering support.

* Child Bereavement Trust (CBT) 0845 357 1000. For professionals, including teachers, whose work brings them into contact with bereaved families.

Books and videos

Dozens of books are available. This is a selection of the most popular - full lists are available from Cruse and CBT and their staff can recommend appropriate titles for specific situations. Also check the website of Jessica Kingsley Publishers (, which specialises in this area.

For teachers

* Giving Sorrow Words, by Steven Killick and Stuart Lindeman (Lucky Duck Publishing, Video and accompanying manual. Aimed at primary and secondary teachers, particularly with a view to helping schools organise their own Inset days on bereavement. pound;40, plus VAT.

* When a Child Grieves. Video produced by the British Medical Association, available from the Child Bereavement Trust pound;25.

* When Someone Dies - how schools can help, by Dwaine Steffes. Available from Cruse pound;2.95

* Coping with Bereavement: a handbook for teachers, by John Holland (Cardiff Academic Press pound;11.95).

* Helping Children Cope with Grief, by Rosemary Wells (Sheldon Press pound;6.99).

Workbooks and activity packs

* Drawing Out Feelings, by Marge Heegaard. A series of workbooks for six to 12-year-olds exploring grief through art, pound;6.95 each, from Cruse.

* Good Grief 1 and Good Grief 2, by Barbara Ward (Jessica Kingsley Publishers pound;27.50); 1 is for primaries, 2 for secondaries. Teachers'

packs with classroom resources.

A full list of resources on bereavement is available at

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