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Posted April 20, 2018

Grieving

In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy offers condolences to those in the APS community who have lost a loved one this year.

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

Albuquerque Public Schools is a very, very big family. Thousands of employees. Tens of thousands of students. Hundreds of thousands of neighbors.

Still, we are a family, and when one of us is hurting, we share the pain. In my four decades in public education, not a school year has gone by that we didn’t lose good people to disease and illness, accidents and crime or suicide. 

But this year, it just feels like the loss is prevalent, and it is weighing on our spirits. 

I wish there was a way I could comfort everyone who has had to say goodbye to a student, colleague or friend. If only I could send cards and flowers to every funeral, provide a casserole for each family, wrap my arms around all who are weeping, celebrate the lives of every person who died too soon.

Please accept my condolences. Know that you are in my prayers. And mostly be there for each other.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, including professional help, if you need it.

There are lots of resources out there for our students, families and employees. Don’t hesitate to seek them out. Whether it be the Employee Assistance Programs, our incredible District Stress Management and Recovery Team (DSMART) or other APS counselors and social workers, there are many professionals in the district who are ready to help those in need. If they can’t offer you the assistance you need, they will find someone who can. 

Another great resource during times of tragedy is the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line. You can go to their website or call them any time of day at 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474). 

What amazes me is how so many of you who are dealing with personal tragedy still get up every day and do your best work despite broken hearts and dispirited souls. You know how much your work matters, and I thank you for that.  

I leave you with this thought by English physician and writer Havelock Ellis: “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” 

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