Dealing with Loss

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is deeply saddened by the  death of Ella Ahern.. Our thoughts and prayers are with  her entire family. May the light of heaven shine on her.

The children here at school have reacted differently and we have support structures in place to help your child cope with this tragedy. It is possible that your child may have some feelings and questions s/he may like to discuss with you. It is important to give factual information that is age appropriate. You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging him/her to express feelings. All children are different and will express their feelings in different ways. It is not uncommon for children to have difficulty concentrating or be fearful, anxious, or irritable. They may become withdrawn, cry, complain of physical aches and pains, have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares. Some may not want to eat. These are generally short term reactions. Over the course of the coming days, please keep an eye on your child and allow him/her to express their feelings without criticism. Although classes will continue as usual, I anticipate that the next few weeks will be difficult for everyone.

We have enclosed some information which you may find useful in helping your child through this difficult time. Young people frequently turn to social media to see what others are saying, or to find out more. At these times it is important that you monitor their use and engage with them about what they read.

Please keep in touch with the school if your child is having difficulty coping with this loss and all efforts will be made to help deal with their needs.

Margaret Watters