Friends and Family Support

Support for SES Friends and Family
Posted on 06/15/2020
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Sebastian Elementary Schools is here for you as we all grieve the loss of one of our beloved teachers, Mrs. Murto. Call our Support Services Help Line M-F 8:00-5:00 at 772-564-6199 or email mentalhealth@indianriverschools.org. For those who would like 24/7 support options, text “home” to 741741 or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). We have also linked resources to help you speak with your children about loss and grief.

Please know that experiencing, witnessing, or even hearing of a traumatic incident such as this may affect a child or adult in a variety of ways. It is important that children have ample opportunities to ask questions and to talk about their reactions. For some students a death of someone they know may remind them of some other loss in their lives. For others, this may be their first encounter with death.

When reacting to a traumatic incident, students may display behaviors such as the following:

  • Cling closely to adults
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Appear frightened
  • Report stomachaches, headaches
  • Display regressive behaviors
  • Appear agitated and angry
  • Appear not to be affected
  • Appear sad and withdrawn

There is no “right” way to grieve, but there are things you can do to help support your child through the process. The links below include resources to help you speak with your children about loss and grief, as well as to navigate their way through it with you.

National Association of School Psychologists Addressing Grief Tip Sheet
The Dougy Center (National Center for Grieving Children & Families)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
American Cancer Society
Sesame Street Grief Resources
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Coalition to Support Grieving Students