(SAMPLE PARENT LETTER)
(DEATH OF A FAMILY MEMBER)
I write t o you today with great sadness. On (Date) , one of our students (brothedsister of one
of our students), died. Sudden death is always tragic and can have a profound effect on children.
It is important for us t o recognize this and offer assistance to children in dealing with the tragedy. I
suggest that you talk with your childchildren about their feelings.
Some students may need additional guidance in dealing with or talking about their grief.
(Name) , our guidance counseior, will be available to talk with students. Mental health
counselors from (Name) will also be available to talk with students in small groups or on an
Students wishing t o attend the funeraVfunerals will require written excuses from parent(s)/guardian.
I have extended condolences t o the family/families on behalf of our school.
If we may be of any assistance, please feel free to call the school at (Your number. extension)
biernorial contributions may be made to: [Name of Fund)
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