‘I fell to the bottom in shock’: Iran aircraft crash leaves many teenagers to deal with loss and grief

VANCOUVER—They first met in sixth grade and have become pals over a mutual love of music.

Jessi Eiriksson and Kamyar Ebnoddin-Hamidi grew to become shut pals rising up within the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. Kamyar’s caring nature made him an incredible pal and the 2 had deliberate to create music collectively; Eiriksson enjoys singing, and Kamyar’s favorite interest was making music on his laptop.


However, by Wednesday afternoon, Eiriksson was left grappling with the fact that she is going to not see her good pal.

Kamyar was killed together with 175 others, together with his mom, Niloofar Razzaghi, and father, Ardalan Ebnoddin-Hamidi, when the Ukrainian passenger aircraft they have been on crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran, Iran.

Sixty-three of these on board the jet have been Canadians and 138 of its passengers have been certain for Canada. Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned new intelligence reveals Iran doubtless shot down the aircraft with a missile by mistake. Because the media, governments and observers seek for solutions about how the passenger jet went down, Eiriksson and plenty of like her are simply attempting to deal with the lack of a pal.


Eiriksson, now in Grade 10, knew Kamyar was flying dwelling from Iran however hadn’t heard concerning the crash Wednesday, when she was preparing for lunch at Riverside Secondary and observed a mutual pal of theirs was in tears and requested him why.

“He blurted out ‘Kamyar’s lifeless’ and I fell to the bottom in shock,” Eiriksson mentioned. “I couldn’t imagine it. I’ve by no means skilled that a lot ache in my life.”

The lessons Kamyar attended have been cancelled and college students in them despatched to the library, she mentioned, talking to the Star Wednesday night.


“He simply turned each state of affairs into a superb state of affairs,” Eiriksson mentioned, wrestling to maintain her composure.

Attempting to assist a youthful individual take care of such grief generally is a problem mentioned Carrie Arnold, an assistant professor of thanatology at King’s College Faculty in Ontario.


Thanatology is the examine of dying, dying, grief and loss.

Arnold mentioned that for youngsters, the dying of somebody vital to them will be significantly laborious as a result of it may make the world instantly appear a harmful and scary place, forcing them to take care of their very own mortality.

“The best way younger individuals grieve won’t essentially be the identical manner that older individuals grieve,” Arnold mentioned. “Adults typically overlook that. They assume that for younger youngsters, their grief response would be the similar as theirs.”


Re-establishing a way of security turns into a key function for caregivers and oldsters, she mentioned, noting that conserving an eye fixed out in case grief goes “awry” is vital, too.

If the youth’s disappointment or anger turns into concern or insecurity they need to get extra assist. Sleep disturbance or lack of urge for food is regular for a short time for youngsters so long as the kid continues to be asking questions, she mentioned.

Mother and father of youngsters ought to search for any excessive danger behaviour or “substantial departures” from each day routines, akin to refusing to go to highschool as a result of they don’t really feel protected. One other signal is that if the teenager turns into extraordinarily withdrawn. In such instances, extra help and a spotlight is required, Arnold mentioned.


“A part of it for them is to essentially normalize and help the very fact individuals do die, as a result of we stay in what we name a death-denying tradition. We don’t wish to face any of our mortality,” she mentioned. “Many people turn out to be faraway from dying itself.”

Again in Port Coquitlam, Eiriksson spoke of how liked Kamyar was by his pals. He was a shy younger man who wished to be a music producer, although his dad and mom have been urging him to look towards a profession in drugs or the legislation.

The nice and cozy, smooth nature of the household of three beams out of their photographs. In lots of footage posted on Fb, Niloofar Razzaghi tilts her head to the aspect with an unrestrained smile, exposing most of her enamel, whereas husband Ardalan Ebnoddin-Hamidi seems to be immediately on the digital camera with a subtler, however nonetheless blissful grin.


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Between them in lots of photographs is Kamyar, his face flush with youth and positivity, often with one arm held gently by his mom, as if to maintain him nonetheless lengthy sufficient for a photograph to be snapped. After Wednesday’s aircraft crash in Iran there will probably be no extra photographs of the Port Coquitlam household.


As an alternative, Eiriksson and the remainder of Kamyar’s pals at Riverside Secondary will probably be left with the tales, ideas and recollections concerning the pal they misplaced.


“All of us are utterly heartbroken,” Eiriksson mentioned. “None of us are doing effectively with this entire state of affairs, however, how might we? We’ve all misplaced the nicest and most caring individual we’ve ever met.”