To the Editor:
In the aftermath of the sudden death of one of our New Richmond High School students in late October, the administration and school counseling department are compelled to address the issues of grief and loss with our students and families.
Whether families are affected by this specific incident or past incidents of the loss of someone significant, the affect can be profound and far-reaching. There is unfortunately no timeline to the grief process and individuals must deal with their own response and emotions as they develop.
We cannot stress strongly enough that we understand the ambiguity of the grief process and will continue to work individually with students and families who are experiencing difficulty at this time or in the future.
We fully support and respect that students will be looking first and foremost to their family system for support and guidance throughout this process, but also recognize that students spend a significant amount of time in their school setting. Please know that they are surrounded by caring adults who are also willing and able to provide additional support.
In addition, we are available as resources to families who have concerns about their student's progress through the grief process.
We are extremely pleased to offer all students and families the opportunity to come to the high school for an evening seminar on grief and loss generously provided by FamilyMeans, a community support agency of the St. Croix Valley.
A mental health therapist will be on hand to share information about the grief process and moving forward through it, as well as answer questions regarding this topic. This opportunity will take place on Monday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. in the High School Media Center and is open to students and parents.
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work with all students every day and hope that you will take advantage of any additional support that we may be able to provide your family at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact your student's School Counselor with any questions or concerns.
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