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Young people and their understanding of loss and bereavement.

Scott, Ros; Wallace, Rebecca; Audsley, Annie; Chary, Srini


Ros Scott

Rebecca Wallace

Annie Audsley

Srini Chary


A significant proportion of secondary school pupils in the UK have experienced the death of someone close. Bereavement in childhood can have a significant and long lasting impact. The aim of this study was to explore how pupils aged between 12 and 18 understand major loss, death and dying, whom they talk to and the support they access at these times, and their awareness of the range of support available to them. A total of 31 pupils, 108 parents and 37 staff from a large Scottish secondary school took part and data was collected using online questionnaires. A high proportion of pupils had experience of major loss or bereavement and showed significant awareness of their feelings and responses to these. It appears that young people primarily seek support from family and friends, but the role of peers is less well recognised by parents and teachers. The school was recognised as a source of support mainly by teachers.


SCOTT, R., WALLACE, R., AUDSLEY, A. and CHARY, S. 2019. Young people and their understanding of loss and bereavement. Bereavement care [online], 38(1), pages 6-12. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 26, 2019
Online Publication Date May 1, 2019
Publication Date Apr 30, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 1, 2020
Journal Bereavement Care
Print ISSN 0268-2621
Electronic ISSN 1944-8279
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 1
Pages 6-12
Keywords Pupils; Peers; Parents; Teachers; Major loss; Bereavement
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