Counseling services available following fire

The Herkimer Central School District community has been deeply saddened by the recent fatal fire that affected one of our families. Counseling services were made available to all Herkimer Elementary students on Friday as they coped with this news, and will continue to be available when school resumes on Monday.

Please join us in extending our deepest sympathy to all who are affected by this tragedy.

Grief support

Herkimer Elementary parents whose child would benefit from speaking with a guidance counselor, social worker or other adult upon returning to school can contact the main office at (315) 866-8562 so that the school can work to provide this support.

Local resources

  • Catholic Charities of Herkimer County: (315) 894-9917 ext. 222.
  • Herkimer County Prevention Council: (315) 894-9917 ext. 231.
  • Mobile Crisis Assessment Team 24-hour help line: (315) 732-6228 or (844) 732-6228

Talking to your child about loss

It can be difficult to talk to children — especially young children — about grief and loss. A child can experience fear, worry or sadness even if they do not know the person who has died. These resources can help parents care for their children during times of grief:

This web page is written with a child’s point of view in mind, and answers some basic questions a child may have.

This page answers questions that parents may have about how to talk to a child about death.

This article gives an overview of what parents can expect in how their child might react to grief, and what to look for if a child is having difficulty coping with a loss. The organization also offers a list of recommended books for children coping with grief or loss.