“When I lost my mother aged 15 – having lost my father aged four – one teacher at school greeted me with the words: “We’ve never had an orphan before,” which didn’t exactly help!”
That is why the Jigsaw (South East) Patron, MP Ed Davey, is backing a petition to have compulsory bereavement plans in all schools. He said: “Recent evidence from the Office for National Statistics suggests one child in every school class will have suffered some form of bereavement and by secondary school, at least one child in every class will have lost at least one parent.”
Mr Davey, who is a Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, continued: “Schools can provide brilliant pastoral care – so they need to be ready when a pupil loses their mum or dad. I’d urge everyone to sign this important petition.”
You can view and sign the petition here:
Watch Ed Davey’s interview in which he speaks about the impact of losing both his parents as a child.
Based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2012, Jigsaw (South East) offers support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious, life-limiting condition. It also provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder (through groups in Reigate, Guildford and East Grinstead).