Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4820 Many families choose to share the note with the child when they are older, depending on the content of the communication.Whatever your decision, it is good to be truthful about whether a note was left or not. If you choose to have the older child read the note, it is helpful to do it with them and make sure that they can put the message into the appropriate context (e.g., that it was likely written during a time when the person was confused, in a lot of pain, etc.). MANAGING THE RETURN TO SCHOOL When should my child go back to school? For some children, returning to a familiar routine as quickly as possible is comforting. For others, it can be helpful to take some time away, whether it is going on a family vacation, spending time with other relatives, or being outdoors. Talk with your child and ask when they feel ready to go back. If they express hesitation about returning, help them sort through their specific worries. Come up with a plan to comfortably transition back into school. Discussing with them what to say and how to handle questions and responses from their classmates may give them some confidence. How do I work with the school in supporting my child? What information should I share with the school staff? Talking with the staff at your child’s school can help ease the transition back to the classroom. Those who work directly with your child can become part of their support system. It’s good to keep in mind that attempts to keep the death a secret usually don’t work, and rumors may be more hurtful than the truth. Talking openly about the death, and coaching your child or teen on how to respond to questions from peers and adults can help reduce the secrecy and shame sometimes associated with suicide.