Grief Resources

Grief Resources for Families
Grief Resources for Families

Due to the loss of a recent graduate we would like to reach out and encourage parents and guardians to check in on their students. Traumas, such as the sudden death of a young person, leave teenagers feeling helpless and in need of extra support. As parents/guardians, there are a number of things you can do to help your children, although knowing what to say is often difficult. Your expression of love, concern and support is most important. The National Association of School Psychologists offers the following advice for parents whose children have experienced a trauma.

Establish a sense of safety and security - teens need a lot of reassurance.
Listen actively to your children - try to understand before trying to be understood.
Help your children express their emotions - it is important to talk about the tragedy and to address its suddenness and irrationally.
Validate your children's feelings by helping them understand that following a trauma, all feelings are acceptable.
Be open and honest about what has happened and make sure your children know that you are aware of the seriousness of the situation.

Support is available for current parents and students through the guidance office. Community support is also available. Here are some local resources:

Cuda Counseling
Located: 336 E State St Suite A, Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 866-0100

Herkimer County Mental Health
Located: 301 N Washington St Ste 2470, Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 867-1465

Little Falls Community Outreach
Located: 16 Jackson St, Little Falls, NY 13365
(315) 823-1409;

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT)
24 hrs a day / 7 days a week
(315) 732-6228

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