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Framingham's McCarthy Elementary consoles students, families after Framingham mother's death

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 4, 2012 03:30 PM

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A Framingham elementary school is helping its pupils get through the loss of one student's mother.

McCarthy Elementary School sent a letter home to parents this week regarding the death of Laura Nichols, a 35-year-old Framingham mother, whose fifth-grade daughter attends the school.

Nichols died late last Saturday night in a wrong-way driving accident on Fountain Street near Jodie Road.

An excerpt of the letter sent home reads as follows:

The many children and adults in our community who know the family will be especially saddened, and may want to talk about how to express their feelings. Some children may wonder how they would feel if someone close to them were to die. Such concerns may not arise immediately but may surface in the coming weeks.

It is important to remember that a child’s feelings at a time of loss are similar to an adult’s, even though his/her thoughts may be different. Like an adult, a child feels sadness, emptiness, pain and anger, when he/she loses someone important to him/her and he/she needs to be offered a chance to talk about his/her feelings, and be allowed to express those feelings with tears, actions and words. Children need to know that adults grieve too. They can learn this by having parents and guardians share their feelings at a time of loss. Finally, children need to know that grieving can take a long time, and may not begin until long after the loss.

The letter also states that faculty on the school's crisis team have talked to fifth-grade classes, and will be available to talk to other classes and individuals as needed.

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