When Tragedy Strikes


I was deeply saddened to wake up to the news of the mass shooting in Colorado overnight. Of course, when tragedy strikes, we are surrounded by the story in the media, in our conversations, and in our hearts. So how can we help our children cope with this and other tragedies in the news?

Here are a few resources that may help you get started:

Bottom line: When in doubt, be available, be patient, be loving.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

Send me your suggestions for books, videos, resources, and other tips that you would like to share on this topic by emailing uuathome@gmail.com or add a comment below.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Thomas
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 20:57:10

    Thank you for the update! The video is a great resource, and I appreciate you helping to share it with more people.


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