Explosion: Helping kids through the process of grief

Ellen Mae Paris can envision the struggle going on at Southwest Elementary School today.

She can picture the sadness on every single face in the Greenwood school. She can see the tears and hear the waver in the students’ voices.

Having gone through such a terrible situation herself, she knows that the only way to get through it is by supporting each other and giving the children time to heal.

As the head counselor at Northwood Elementary School in Franklin, she helped lead the grieving process when 7-year-old Curtis Smith was killed in a gun accident in 1999. She was in charge of organizing how the school would help grieving students, parents and teachers.

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