Sample Email to Social Circles

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General Announcement

Subject: Sad News

It is with a very heavy heart that I am sharing that NAME’s (father/mother/husband/wife/son/daughter), unexpectedly passed away on DATE.  The family is devastated and need our support more than ever.  No arrangements have been made as yet.  News will be shared with you as it comes in.  In the meantime, let us all pull together and support the family and each other during this difficult time.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. You can find more information about the family on a page set up specifically for them at LINK.

Sincerely,

NAME

Visitation Announcement

Good Morning/Evening,

NAME(s) asked that I share the below information with you.

(Sample) Please join us to honor the life of NAME by joining the family for a visitation from 6 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway, Coppell, Texas, 75019. They also invite you to a reception in their home, Thursday, May 4, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The address for the reception is XXX. 

For more information please use the following link: PROVIDE LINK CREATED BY CARSON’S VILLAGE

The family was very clear that I only share this information with the addressed recipients and the following groups receive the above information.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

NAME

School District (For a child)

NAME ISD Family: It is with a heavy heart that we share sad news about one of our Name ISD families. One of our Xth graders at SCHOOL, NAME, passed away over the weekend. We are unable to release specific information about the student and appreciate your understanding. Knowing that we all deal with grief in various ways, we want you to be aware the campus staff along with members of the district crisis team are available for students to assist them with this loss.  The passing of a student may affect children differently depending on: their age; their relationship with the student; and their prior experience with grief.

When dealing with grief, you may notice your child will:

• Appear not to be affected
• Ask a lot of questions
• Be agitated and/or angry
• Try extra hard to be good
• Be thinking about it privately
• Be frightened
• Be sad and/or withdrawn

We suggest you listen to your children. If they seem to need to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly, and possibly over and over again. You can also be assured that our counselors and administrators are here to support your children while at school. Encourage them to reach out to any adult on campus. Please know your children are our first priority and we want you to know we are ready to help them through the grieving process in the days and weeks to come.  Our thoughts and hearts are with the family during this time.

For the School that was attended (if a child)

It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news with you our CAMPUS NAME family. One of our 6th graders, NAME, passed away this weekend. We are unable to release specific information about the student and appreciate your understanding. Knowing that we all deal with grief in various ways, we want you to know that the CAMPUS NAME staff along with members of our district grief support team are here for all of our learners when they need help in dealing with this loss.

CAMPUS NAME will be sharing the news of NAME’s passing early Monday morning. We want to provide you the opportunity to share grief and coping strategies with your own child this evening. We are aware that children may hear of this news through other forms of communication or friends. The death of a student may affect children differently depending on his or her age, how well the child knew the student, and their prior experience with grief.

When dealing with grief, you may notice your child will:

  • Appear not to be affected
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Be agitated and angry
  • Try extra hard to be good
  • Be thinking about it privately
  • Be frightened
  • Be sad and withdrawn  You can also be assured that our teachers, counselors and administration are here to support your children while at school.

Encourage them to reach out to any adult here on campus.*Please do not forward or share the above information to campus families or community.  Please know your children are our first priority and we want you to know we are ready to help them through the grieving process in the days and weeks to come. Our thoughts and hearts are with the family during this time and we ask that you respect their privacy.

We suggest you listen to your children. If they seem to need to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly, and possibly over and over again.

 

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