I read "A death in the family" (TES, September 29) and felt a certain amount of empathy with the teacher concerned. However, I wear two hats, as an ordained minister and a teacher with responsibility for those with special needs in a large comprehensive, which gives me some experience in the field of working with the bereaved.
I would urge staff to familiarise themselves with resources available within their own schools. I can recommend The Bereaved Child by Wendy Duff, published by the National Society, as well as Helping Children Cope with Grief by Rosemary Wells (Sheldon Press).
What I do find unhelpful are the comments by Murray White (Letters, TES October 13); after all, how many of us as adults have crossed the road to avoid having to speak to someone who has been bereaved, simply because we did not know what to say? The sooner the facts of death are taught as readily as the facts of life, then the more chance we stand of being able to help.
REVEREND SUE MACBETH Sefton House South Park Barnstaple Exeter.