A tribute to our beloved friend, colleague and teacher
A reading from Thessalonians
Our friends, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him. What we are teaching you now is the Lord's teaching: we who are alive on the day the Lord comes will not go ahead of those who have died. There will be the shout of command, the archangel's voice, the sound of God's trumpet, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven. Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life first; then we who are living at that time will be gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. So then, encourage one another with these words.
Lord, may Mrs Hope find in your presence, light, happiness and peace.
We pray for her family: we ask that you give them comfort and strength over the coming days, weeks and months.
We ask that you look after our school community in our grief.
Through Christ our Lord.
Sue Hope came to St. Mary’s in the late 1990s to join the catering team and then was appointed Teaching Assistant in 2001, linked to the RE department where Sue worked with a range of students, and gave particular support to many individuals. She brought her own unique personality into the role, forming good relationships with both staff and students. Sue had an endearing personality and a sharp sense of humour, but, most importantly, she had an ability to understand a person and respond in the most meaningful of ways, often without having to speak words.
Sue involved herself in all school community activities, and particularly school chaplaincy where she was able to transfer her ministry from the parish of Our Lady and All Saints, Otley. Sue was a woman of great faith: her love of God was evident for all to see and this was lived out in her everyday life. We have all learned much and been strengthened by Sue’s example and testimony.
Sue has been a great part of our family here at St. Mary’s. She is so loved and will be so missed. The whole school community feels this deep loss. Our hearts go out to her husband and children, brother and sisters and all her family and to the community of Otley Parish.
Because of the nature of Sue’s work, we are mindful that some students may find this news very difficult to come to terms with and offer ways in which you can support your child should there be a need:
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 is 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: