As you may be aware, we are sad to share the news that our much-loved member of staff, Geraldine Parkin, has died. We feel that parents/carers are the best people to inform young children and ask that you pass on this sad news.
Your child may be quite distressed at the news. No one wants to see children sad, but we are very aware that factual informal and emotional support are the best means of helping children deal with bereavement. I am sure there will be many parents who will be saddened by the news. Children respond in different ways so may dip in and out of sadness, and ask questions, whilst alternatively playing or participating in their usual activities. This is normal and healthy. Your child may ask questions, which we will answer in an age appropriate way in school, but if you feel you would like more help and support there are some useful advice and resources at www.childbereavementuk.org. Once we return to school, Daniella from Place2Be will be available to speak to any children who need support.
I am so sorry to be writing this letter, but I appreciate an occurrence like this impacts on the whole school community. I am so grateful for the thriving partnership we have with parents, and trust that we, together, will be able to guide and support the children through what may be, for many, a new experience in their lives.
Miss B Jones