Sometimes in your teaching career, you realize that there is more to teaching children the 3R's. This week has been one of those weeks. After telling you guys about some sad news in my previous post, I am saddened to have more sad news from my teaching life. One of my students lost his mother this week. I found out last week that she had been in the hospital, but wasn't sure how serious it was until just a few days ago and then she passed away a few days later. Losing a parent must be one of the worst pains in the world. Especially losing your parent at the tender age of ten years old. My heart is so heavy and just hurts for my student and his family.
I went to visit yesterday after school with a partner teacher. Although we didn't see my student or his father, we did see and talk to relatives who said that my student was having a really tough time, as you can only imagine and expect. I can't even imagine his pain. Tonight is the visitation (which I will be attending in just an hour) and tomorrow is the funeral. I am able to leave school with my administrators to attend the funeral tomorrow. Our 4th graders made sweet cards that we took to his house.
Last year I experienced a student who lost his father. I wondered what to expect as he returned and how he would do in school. He never really spoke of his father much, but just on a few occasions and kept it all in (at school, at least) so there wasn't a lot at school that we had to experience. All children are different and we all deal with grief in different ways. I just pray that I can be and that our class/school can be the support this student needs when he comes back to school next Monday.
Please be in prayer for my student.