A suspected suicide in a school is a very sad and traumatic event for everyone in the school community.

However, the nature of the student’s death should not by itself encourage greater attendance at the funeral than it would for any other tragic death at the school.

Step by Step’s guidance for funerals:

  • We recommend that parents or guardians accompany students who want to attend.
  • Those who don’t attend should have normal classes to go to.
  • If appropriate, engage the faith leader prior to the funeral to suggest that eulogies should be fitting and do not sensationalise what has happened.


If you have any questions about funerals following a suspected suicide in your school community, call the Step by Step team today  0808 168 2528* or email



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