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School Community Reacts To Death of Fifth Grader's Mom

Members of the crisis team met with students at McCarthy Elementary School on Monday.

McCarthy Elementary School provided support to the friends of fifth grade student Chloe Nichols on Monday. Nichols mom died in a car crash on Saturday night at the corner of Fountain Street and Jodie Road. The cause of the crash is still under a police investigation.

McCarthy Elementary Principal Matthew Hanlon sent a letter home to parents Monday afternoon. It reads:

"It is with a heavy heart that we have to share some sad news with you. On Saturday evening, Laura Nichols, the mother of 5th grader Chloe Nichols, was killed in a car accident.

Members of the crisis team met with the students in Chloe's class to talk about the tragedy first things this morning. They have gone into the other 5th grade classes as well, and will be available to talk with other classes as needed. They will also be available to provide support for individual students.

The many children and adults in our community, who know the family will be especially saddened, and may want to talk about how to express their feelings. Some children may wonder how they would feel if someone close to them were to die. Such concerns may not arise immediately but may surface in the coming weeks.

It is important to remember that a child's feelings at a time of loss are similar to an adult's, even though his/her thoughts may be different. Like an adult, a child feels sadness, emptiness, pain and anger, when he/she loses someone important to him/her and he/she needs to be offered a chance to talk about his/her feelings and be allowed to express those feelings with tears, action and words. Children need to know that adults grieve, too. They can learn this by having their parents and guardians share their feelings a a time of loss. Finally, children need to know that grieving can take a long time, and may not begin until long after the loss.

A letter will follow with information regarding any arrangements and expression of sympathy as we have further information."

Funeral arrangements are still being made. Framingham Patch will post when available.

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