6 November 2017
It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that today I received the sad news that Karen Field, our much loved Office Manager, has passed away following a sudden brain haemorrhage.
We are all, as you can imagine, devastated to lose such a caring, kind member of our team.
As a school we will be supporting your child through this difficult period, recognising the importance to be flexible to meet the needs and well-being of children affected. However, we have been advised that it is important to continue, wherever possible, normal routines to offer a sense of security and familiarity.
You may find it difficult to talk to your child about such sad news so therefore we have sought advice from specialist counsellors on how to discuss this. The advice is as follows:
- Use clear age appropriate language whilst not going into too much detail
- Acknowledge the sad news with your child in a calm manner
- Reassure your child that sudden death is not a common occurrence
- Answer questions honestly and yet in an age appropriate manner
Although the coming weeks will be difficult for us all, it is important that your child attends school to maintain routine and familiarity.
Further information can be found on www.childbereavementuk.org