My mum died suddenly last week after a very only being ill a week. I can't think straight and I'm in total shock Not worked since, but can't afford to go without pay much longer considering the Christmas holidays are coming up. I do a combination of day to day and short term and have a handful of regular schools. I was in a short term role ( up until Christmas) in one of my regular schools when my mum fell ill. The school have been great, but I don't know what to do. On the one hand I need to go back from a finacial point of view, but I'm not at all sure I can cope. Anyone else been in a similar situation?