January 3, 2019
Dear Conestoga Families,
I write to you with great sadness to report that Aidan Heron, an 11th grade student at Conestoga High School, died suddenly in an accident last night. A young person’s death is always tragic, and a sudden loss can have a profound impact on students. It is important that we, as a community, recognize the loss and support each other through these difficult times.
We anticipate that your child may be affected in some way by this tragedy, even if your child did not know Aidan well. Discussing thoughts and feelings about death is important in the resolution of grief. We are especially concerned about the students in our community who experience strong emotions. As such, we encourage you to talk openly with your child. The resources listed below may be useful to your family:
Talking to Children About Death
Grief Tips for Parents
We will also provide support to our students throughout the grieving process. During homeroom tomorrow, students will be informed of Aidan’s death as well as the resources available to them. Counselors and Mental Health Specialists will be available in Conestoga’s Student Services Office to assist you and your children. Additionally, Valley Creek Crisis (610-918-2100) provides 24-hour crisis support, and Peter’s Place (610-687-5150) offers support for grieving children and families.
Aidan’s death is a tremendous loss to our community. During this difficult time, our community will continue to support each other and the Heron family as we work through the grieving process.
Amy A. Meisinger, Ph.D.