A Prayer for Shannon


Jesus said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If there were not, I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, you may be to.”

(John 14: 1-3)


The tragic events of this past week have been particularly difficult for a number of students and their families, staff and Academy Councillors who personally knew and worshipped with the Newman family at St Joseph’s Church in Castleford. The feelings of shock and sadness extend to everyone here at St Wilfrid’s and beyond. We would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and gifts over the past couple of days. For that we are eternally grateful.

We particularly like to thank the students for their gentleness and respect for their peers who were close to Shannon and her family. We are so very proud of them and our school community.

Sincere gratitude extends to Fr Simon Lodge, Fr Michael Hall, Anna Bailey and Nicola Couttie from Corpus Christi College in Leeds, for supporting the staff and students this week and the ‘Catholic Care’ team here at St Wilfrid’s led by Graham Robertson.

Shannon and her family, her relatives and friends will be etched into our hearts and minds for a good while to come. We thank God for their lives. We ask our Loving God to hold the Newman family in the palm of His hands. May their souls find eternal rest and peace with our Almighty Saviour. Grant their relatives and friends the courage and strength they need in the coming days and weeks. May they be comforted with the promise of eternal life.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen


Ways which you can support your child

Bereavement is a difficult time for everyone. In the first instance the support comes from people who are closest to the young person.


Support for bereaved young people

– At a difficult time there will be a range of feelings such as anxiety, confusion, sadness and anger. It’s ok to express feelings and for those around to express their feelings. Different people may express these in different ways and show their grief in different ways.

– Sharing positive memories can be helpful.

– Keeping routines can be helpful in supporting some sense of ‘normality’. Recognising that at times things will be difficult but having some structure helps move through the day.

– Making some time to talk, or listen, or accepting at times not talking may also be helpful.

– It is ok to still have fun and have times when you feel happy.


Your child needs responses that are appropriate to their level of understanding in terms of information and language.

There are various websites that give further information on supporting young people following bereavement. These two have lots of useful information www.winstonswish.org.uk and www.childbereavement.org.uk



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