Special Education Teacher Dies in Collision. Her Two Kids Were Transported With Injuries

I'm so sad to announce that this morning there was a fatal car crash that killed a special education teacher with School Administrative District60 in Berwick. SAD60 officials posted a notice on the district Web site confirming that Amy Harris, who worked at Vivian E. Hussey School, was killed in the accident. Her children, ages 7 and 4, were also in her car and were transported with injuries.

There will be no school on Thursday at Hussey or Knowlton schools. A crisis support team will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hussey for staff and families. Representatives from the Center for Grieving Children will be on hand to assist school counselors and social workers, school officials said.

I believe these two schools have children around the ages 6-11 years old. The boy I provide care for attends one of these schools and has been working with this teacher for a few years. It makes me cry just knowing that these children might need grief counselors. 

Which is why I wanted to write this. 

Please remember that children experiencing grief may not know how to express themselves. They might start showing the following signs:
  •  Tearfulness
  • Dreams — some of them scary
  • Irritability
  • Clinging to you
  • Whiny moods
  • Complaints of stomachaches, headaches, etc.
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Change in appetite
  • More pronounced fears of death, darkness or walking home
  • Being alone
  • Regressive behaviors such as reverting to thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, etc.

Here's some ideas to help your child through the grieving process:
  • Let your child talk about the death or draw pictures of what he or she felt happened
  • Acquaint yourself with the grief process by reading a book on the subject
  • Use the correct language when talking about death; use “dead” instead of “passed on” or “We've lost her” or “she's gone to a better place”
  • Let them express their feelings
  • Offer them loving, touching support
  • Allow them to be sad and cry. It is OK to let them see you be sad and cry as well
  • Let your child ask questions and answer them as simply as you can
  • Talk about dreams as they happen. If you wait until morning, they may be forgotten
  • Reassure your child you are healthy, you are careful when you drive and you will be around for a long time

For more information, visit the articles section of the Center for Grieving Children's Web site at www.cgcmaine.org

I will be lighting a candle tonight for Mrs. Harris, praying for her children trying to recover, and for her family and all those affected. 

I ask that people show mercy towards the 17 year old who crossed the line with his vehicle and struck hers. He has to live with this for the rest of his life, and face charges so sending him hate is not going to help anyone.

Let's just focus all our positive energy into seeing that those children make it home from the hospital with minimum injuries!

Abbie, the 4 year old daughter is home as of Thursday. Luke, the 7 year old boy is still at the General Hospital but expected to make a full recovery. 
The family has started up a trust fund for the children. Those wishing to donate to the Luke & Abbie Trust Fund may send checks made payable to
“The Abbie and Luke Trust Fund”
to the office of 
Salmon Falls Nursery, 
511 Portland St., 
Berwick, Maine 03901

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