Dear Floris Family,

It is with great sadness that I share the news of Bennett Rill’s death. Bennett completed the 8th grade yesterday at Rachel Carson Middle School and died during a tragic accidentlast night. He is the son of Derick and Carolyn Rill, members of Floris UMC. Tim Ward and I were with the Rill’s last night and communicated the love and support of the congregation on your behalf.

At this time I do not have information pertaining to the funeral. We will send another email as soon as the information is available. Ashley Allen, our Student Ministry Director, Tim Ward and I are available today if we can be a resource to you or your children. I have attached a document entitled, “Helping Children Deal with Tragedy” in the hope that it will assist your conversations with children who knew Bennett and are experiencing grief. This article is written with national tragedies in mind but shares many good principles related to guiding your child in grief that are helpful. I share your sadness this morning and will work to bring you information in a timely fashion.

In Christ,

-Tom

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