At AISM, like most international schools, families come and go.. To help with the transition, the Counselor provides opportunities, resources and strategies for our leavers to process their feelings about saying “goodbye” and cope with the changes. If we aren’t the ones leaving, it’s easy to overlook the stayers and it's important that we focus on the whole community!
There are two parts of a “goodbye” – the person who is leaving and the person who is staying behind.
Even though we stay behind, we also need to say “goodbye” to our friends who are leaving and deal with our own feelings. This is true for children and young people of all ages, including our youngest ELC learners.
Preparing to Say Goodbye
It is harder to be prepared when you’re not aware that your child’s friend is leaving. If you are aware, there are a few things you can do.
“I can endure any ‘how’ if I have a ‘why’.” – Nietzsche
The Transition Stage
Although this is more pertinent to the family that is leaving, there are some elements that can apply to the family that stays behind.
Families in Global Transition. (2020, March 25). A RAFT for Transitioning through Uncertainty and Disruption. Www.figt.org. https://www.figt.org/blog/8857196
Adapted from: Children Need to Say “Goodbye” Too. (2016, June 28). Nurture for the Future.