“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’s why Jigsaw (South East) Patron, MP Ed Davey, is backing a petition to have compulsory bereavement plans in all schools. He says: “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 Democrats leadership candidate, continues: “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).