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Wellbeing Wednesday - Dealing with Feelings of Uncertainty or Worry

14 Sep 2022

Dealing with Feelings of Uncertainty or Worry

Over the last few days, we will have all been watching events in the news with a mix of uncertainty, worry and sadness. Even without a direct personal connection to the Royal Family, it is natural that seeing all the footage, whether on the news or on billboards can be distressing. 

A constant and stabling influence throughout her reign, the passing of Her Majesty The Queen is a huge source of sadness for many. As we reflect on this sad event, our thoughts are also with those who have experienced grief and loss in many way and remind ourselves that this loss may trigger emotions in people around us. 

For our youngest learners, feelings of uncertainty and worry might be common as they try to make sense of the changes to routine, the personal and public reaction to grief. For many young children, this might be their first experience of loss. This is a time for patience and deep understanding of the far-reaching and sometimes unexpected impact of losing someone important. A time to look after each other and reach out where support is needed.

It can be challenging to know how to talk to children about what is going on because it is natural to want them to be happy all of the time. However, we can compromise their capacity for happiness when we try to ignore or shut down feelings of panic, worry or concern. By giving them our attention and enough space to be heard, they have the chance to normalise their feelings. Our job as teachers and parents is to validate those feelings and support them rather than making them feel more concerned by telling them they have nothing to worry about. 

If you think your child may be experiencing particular upset due to the passing of The Queen, please do let us know so we can provide additional support if needed.

We remind all parents and carers that our school will be closed on Monday 19th September to observe the national holiday for Her Majesty The Queen's funeral. 

Best wishes, 
Emma Getty.

 
 

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