A group of young people from Cornwall, who have all been through bereavement after the death of a family member, have finished their magazine aimed at school staff.
Through a collection of personal stories in a magazine called 'Break It Down', the group of Fixers give insight into the bereavement process.
The group feel that bereaved young people are often misunderstood by their teachers and, in turn, by their peers. They hope the magazine can provide some useful tips for how to deal with bereavement.
Lead Fixer Jasmine Crayton (17) found it difficult to return to school after the death of her brother, Jordan, when she was 14 years old.
‘Because Jordan had been receiving treatment for cancer since 2008, we all travelled with him to his treatment at the children’s hospital and this meant that I lost out on a lot of schooling,’ says Jasmine.
‘I went back to school three weeks after he died. It was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I had the support of my family and friends. But I felt like I did not have as much support when I was at school from my teachers.
‘I do not think they understood how I felt. I think my time could have been easier if I was given time to grieve. We hope this booklet helps teachers understand that students need a lot of time, support, and understanding to get through bereavement.’
The group of Fixers, who met through Cornwall-based bereavement group Penhaligon’s Friends, will be distributing the magazine to schools in their area.
Scroll down to read the complete booklet. To arrange for copies for your school, please contact Fixers by e-mail or telephone (01962 - 810970).