Coping with Tragedy

February 15, 2018 by mitchellcohen

Yesterday we witnessed another act of extreme violence. These incidents can be hard to process and talk about for both adults and young people. Below are a few resources to share with those who might be struggling after this latest tragedy. Times like this strengthen our belief in the importance of building connections between people and their communities, and working to ensure every person knows they have the power to make a difference.

1. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Tips for parents and educators on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life 

“When children can understand why, when they can make a scary event coherent, they are better able to trust again,” says Weissbourd. “Spend some time thinking — and talk to other adults you trust — about how to talk to your child in a way that will help them understand and make sense of events that may otherwise feel unpredictable and overwhelming.

2. Dr. Michele Borba, Talking to kids about tragedies

“In spite of the horrors of this tragedy, we must give our children hope. Let’s lift up the spirits of our kids so they don’t see the world as all bleak. Start tuning into the glorious, compassionate stories of strangers who are aiding others. Make sure you describe the long lines of people who stood outside all night waiting to give blood to victims. Our kids need to hear those tales.”

3. American Psychological Association, Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting

“You may feel that the world is a more dangerous place today than you did yesterday. It will take some time to recover your sense of equilibrium. Meanwhile, you may wonder how to go on living your daily life. You can strengthen your resilience — the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity — in the days and weeks ahead.”

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