What a heart-wrenching day. As I alternate between sadness, frustration, and anger over the terrible tragedy in Conneticut, I am reminded how connected we all are. Just because this incident didn’t occur in our back yard, it doesn’t mean we aren’t all affected. This Sunday’s service is focussed on our children and youth. We will bask in the love we have for and the love we receive from our children as we worship together as a church family. How sacred.
In the meantime, I want to offer a list of resources in the event anyone needs them. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, children are exposed to things we’d rather they not be exposed to. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for assistance anytime you think I might be able to help.
- Helping children cope after a school shooting, from the National Children’s Medical Center
- Video series with help answering questions from children and adolescents following a school shooting, from the Reston Psychological Center
- Helping children cope with trauma-related anxiety, from Mental Health America
- Strategies for talking with children about difficult news of all kinds, from PBS
- Information about coping with a traumatic event, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Trauma response resources for congregations, from the UU Trauma Response Ministry