Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

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When tragedy strikes, the news can come fast. We often are wrestling with our own fears and grief, and we may struggle with how we talk about tragedy to the young ones in our life. “What do I say?” “How should I tell them?” “Is this a faith conversation?” If you’ve asked these questions, you’re not alone.

As I write this post further news and commentary come spilling in about the heinous shooting in Las Vegas. As you may have experienced news like this is prolific and pictures, images, and stories of pain can be nonstop. I wonder how aware our young ones are of the recent events. Sometimes we like to think that the vulnerable of our society are unaware of evil in our world, but many of them have fine-tuned ears, opened eyes, and questioning hearts.

So how do we respond to the ones we love with honesty, authenticity and faith?

These resources may be helpful as you talk with your kids:

Perhaps there are other conversations you’re pondering, or milestones you’re passing with the children in your life. The St. Peter’s Resource Page is available to you as you talk about faith, life, and tough topics with the people you love. As you process your own feelings in the wake of tragedy, may I direct you to Pastor Craig Ross’ devotional regarding the Las Vegas shooting.

Though some days may take us through the valley of the shadow of death, may we walk with the hope and  promise that our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is with us now and leading us to paths of peace.

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Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

Pastor Sarah served as Pastor of Christian Formation at St. Peter’s from 2014 – 2021. She now serves the wider church as a partner at Kirby-Smith Associates.

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