MCHS Mourns the Loss of Richard Rivet
December 12, 2017 -
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of our friend and classmate Richard Rivet.
Richard was a Grade 11 student who came to us last year from Tomahawk School. He enjoyed spending time with friends and touched the lives of many students and staff.
Every effort is being made to handle this tragedy with honesty, compassion and understanding. Qualified counselors from Parkland School Division’s support team have made themselves available to our school to assist students and staff. They’re here to provide support and to encourage emotional health and well-being. This support will continue for as long as required and we are thankful for their presence.
Many factors influence a reaction to a sudden death: who the deceased was, why it happened, the support system available, age, personality, and a previous loss experience. Your own child may become distraught over this if he/she knew Richard. For your reference, below you'll find information which provides suggestions when helping children grieve.
You can provide valuable assistance to your children during this time. Here are some ideas to consider when talking about this sensitive topic:
- Be attentive to your child when he/she has questions and wants to talk.
- Listen to your child’s feelings and accept them, even if they are different from yours.
- Give honest, simple, brief answers
- Make sure that your child understands your answers and the meaning that you intend
- Use words or phrases that won’t confuse your child or make the world more frightening. For example: using the word ‘sleep’ for death can cause a child to be afraid of going to bed.
- Create opportunities for your children to talk with each other about what happened and how they are feeling.
- Be especially loving and supporting; more than anyone else, your child needs you at this time
Above all, listen to your children and let them know that their feelings are normal and acceptable.
If you have any concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.