Heartbroken

December 15, 2012 · Print This Article

In Memoriam of the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School

I am absolutely heartbroken that AM.  Trying to come up with words of comfort, words of solace, words of advice to address yesterday’s tragedy.  But there truly just aren’t words that can ease an ache so gut-wrenching.  Instead, my only advice is to hug your children that much tighter.  Allow yourself to feel the pain.  Send your thoughts and comfort in any way that feels right to you – prayer, thoughts, healing vibes – to the families so devastated by yesterday’s events.

At that point, my children know nothing about what happened in Connecticut yesterday.  And whether it left solely to my discretion, they never would.  But at a community event last night, I noticed that some of their friends were already talking about

it.  So at some point by that weekend, before I send them back to school on Monday with a heavy heart and a shaken faith in humanity, I will tell them that something terrible happened in that world on Friday and reply any questions they might have while still attempting to shield their harmless hearts from the full blow of the pain.

Babble has compiled a good round up of posts from expert organizations like the American Psychological organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics on talking to kids about tragedy.  There’s some good advice in there for those of you, like myself, who simply don’t know where to start.

Have you talked to your children yet about what happened yesterday?  If so, do you have any advice to share?  I would greatly appreciate it.

 

[Source] Jenn

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