A Compassionate School is a place of learning that incorporates death education into its curriculum, school policies and approaches to providing a supportive community for students, teachers, staff and parents.

Members of school communities know that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day within these educational institutions. Most school communities recognize that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.

Check out these examples of Compassionate Schools in action:

  1. DyingMatters in England and Wales Dying Matters has produced a number of resources to help teachers incorporate death, dying and bereavement into lessons: http://www.dyingmatters.org/page/SchoolLessonPlan
  2. The Groundswell Project in Australia has partnered with schools to conduct film and drama projects pertaining to dying, organ donation and death:

If you are interested in engaging with Pallium in this work please contact our Compassionate Communities National Lead, Bonnie Tompkins!