BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Casey Aaron Petitt, 18, passed away suddenly in Bridgewater on September 11, 2014.
 
Arrangements are by the Valley Memorial Funeral Home, 1012 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933.
 
The full obituary can be found at: www.valleymemorialfuneralhome.net
 
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, September 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A graveside service and interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Casey’s memory are requested by the family to The Hunterdon Preparatory School 11 Spencer Lane, Annandale, NJ 08801.

 
A YouTube video, entitled, “In Loving Memory of Casey Petitt,” was posted online Friday by Pete Zengerle.
 
Ridge High School Principal Frank Howlett on Friday announced in an email to the school community that Casey Petitt, who graduated from Ridge in June 2014, had died on Thursday.
 
"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Casey Petitt, a 2014 RHS graduate, passed away yesterday. We know that the community will be affected by this tragic loss," Howlett said in the email.
 
The email, sent out as a special Friday folder, said, "When we hear of another person’s death, it is very common for our own feelings about death to surface. Your children may experience a variety of feelings related to death and dying. These feelings may focus on the person who has died, another person who died in the past, an impending death, or anxiety about death in general. These are all very normal feelings for children and adults to have. Accepting and validating your son’s/daughter’s feelings is beneficial. During the weeks and months ahead, confusing feelings may surface periodically. It is helpful to discuss them with a parent or trusted adults."
 
The email encouraged parents to "Listen carefully to your son or daughter. Professionals suggest answering questions openly and honestly if they occur, and letting them know that even adults do not have all the answers concerning questions about death. Many of us find this to be a confusing time and an awkward topic to discuss, but open communication is always the best path through difficult issues."
 
Howlett said counselors at Bernards Township schools are available to speak to students. He added parents should encourage their son or daughter to speak with the counseling department/child study team if they need help processing grief.
 
"In this very sad time, it is important that we pull together to support one another," the email concluded.