Alanna was a teaching assistant in the third grade at Peirce. In March 2012, she was on vacation in Florida with her husband when the building she was in was hit by an out of control automobile. She was seven months pregnant, and both she and her baby died. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the DeMella family.
The memorial tree for Mrs. DeMella, a weeping cherry, was planted by her third-grade class near the Peirce School sign in front of the school.
(All images courtesy of and copyright Elizabeth Orrell and may not be copied without permission.)
Information about children’s reactions to a loss is available from the school’s counselor or administrative staff at 781-316-3736, Arlington Youth Counseling Center at 781-316-3255, or Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (Waltham) at 781-893-2003.
The Children’s Room in Arlington also has valuable resources for children who are grieving a loss.