A few days ago, I wrote about the passing of Sister Jeannette Murray of the Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery in Ridgely MD. Sister Jeannette was one of the founders of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children where my son is a student.
When we found out about the viewing and funeral plans, we were concerned about how our son would react. You see, everything was going to take place on the school campus. There was a viewing on Monday afternoon in the school recreation room from 2-6 pm and a funeral mass beginning at 7pm in the school gymnasium.
Based on the hours that the services were planned, I was concerned that the plan was to have the kids involved in the services. Our son had never been exposed to anything like this before. With his previous history of inappropriate comments and behavioral breakdowns, we were definitely concerned about how he would react under the circumstances, especially since he had developed a good relationship with the Sister.
So, I started sending some emails to the dorm and to the school to find out what the plans were regarding the kids. At one point, his teacher had informed me that his class had a separate time scheduled to attend a viewing apart from the scheduled public viewing. As it turned out, she decided not to have the kids view the casket but instead had the kids watch a tribute visit honoring Sister Jeannette's life.
Tuesday morning, my son went to class where he told his teacher that Sister Jeannette had died. So, the teacher asked him where Sister Jeannette now was. His response was one that made me so proud and brought a tear to my eye. He replied that Sister Jeannette was now in heaven and that they should have a moment of silence.
Not only was my son's response totally appropriate for the situation, but it showed a level of maturity that I had not expected from him. Every day, he shows a level of growth that further reinforces that we made the right decision to send him away to school. I am so very proud of how much he has matured and grown since he began attending the school.