Our community is grieving the loss of two Conestoga High School students in the past week, and it has been a time of many deep emotions among students, families, friends, teachers, coaches, neighbors and many others whose lives were touched by such young and vibrant boys. So many are grieving, and so many teens in the high school community are processing the grief, confusion, anger, despair and other deep emotions that can all accompany loss. The school administration and faculty are responding with a highly coordinated effort to support all affected students and families. Peter’s Place, a local non-profit that provides grief support services for children, teens, young adults and families, has also been instrumental in providing valuable support and resources.
Our church community and particularly our Youth Ministries team are always here to assist any WPC families or friends who are affected by the loss of a loved one, friend or classmate. Conestoga students and parents are learning that everyone experiences and processes grief differently. Young people need to know that their feelings, reactions, needs and questions will all be heard and honored, and that the trusted adults in their lives will always be there for them.
Following are links to resources that can be helpful for teens and parents who are experiencing grief in their community or family:
What is Grief? Tips for Teens
Tips for Parents & Care Providers: Helping a Grieving Child Cope
Practical Suggestions for Helping Grieving People
As always, if you would like to talk to any member of our Youth Ministries team, or if you would like to be connected to another member of the WPC staff or community regarding grief support resources, please contact Andrew Hostetter at AHostetter@waynepres.org or Sarah Hostetter at SHostetter@waynepres.org.