During a time where our community has been greatly saddened and we grieve for a family we all hold dear to our hearts, we begin to ask the question what I can do to help my child.

When traumatic events occur, our family members may become very upset and each may show differing signs of traumatic stress. These may include:

  • Feeling numb or shock
  • Avoiding people and places that remind them of the event
  • Having nightmares or strong memories of the event, as if reliving it
  • Becoming very afraid, angry, or sad
  • Having difficulty sleeping or paying attention
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Being very tired and worn out
  • Complaining of general aches and pain
  • Changes sleeping and eating patterns
  • Unusual emotional responses
  • What can my family do to recover?

You can help your family recover by doing the following:

  • Be patient. There is no correct timetable for healing. Some children recover quickly. Others recover more slowly.
  • Recognize when children experience a traumatic event the whole family is impacted.
  • Explain to your child that there are many emotions that can come about in the event of a crisis and loss.
  • Encourage them to express these feelings in a supportive environment of the family or school setting.
  • Remind your student of the resources available to them during this time both at home and school.
  • Maintain regular home (mealtime, bedtime) and school routines to support the process of recovery.
  • Make sure your child continues to go to school and stays in school.
  • Remember as parents/guardians that there are resources available, please reach out so we can work together to help each individual through this difficult time.

Nokomis CUSD 22 is committed to helping our students and parents navigate through this difficult time. We have dedicated resources and services for students in need as they work through this difficult time.


NCTSN. (n.d.). The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Retrieved from


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