tragedy

7 Tips for Talking to Children About the School Shooting

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | December 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: afraid to go to school, aggression, anxiety, appetite, campus, children, comfort, Connecticut, conversation, emotions, fear, feelings, guns, kids, mood swings, news coverage, parenting advice, parents, Sandy Hook, school shooting, security, sleep, stress, students, support, talking to kids, tips, tragedy, traumatized, violence

School Shooting

What can you say when there are no words?

We are all still reeling in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut last Friday. I, for one, feel leveled and heartbroken. It is impossible to imagine the impact on the families who lost children, those whose children were spared but so profoundly traumatized, and the rest of us who bear witness from afar to the unthinkable.

Here, in the interest of offering at least a few words of comfort, is some guidance on how to talk to your children in the wake of this tragedy.

Hope on Four Legs

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: aging, fire, golden doodle, goldendoodle, HOPE, inspiration, mother-daughter relationship, Relationships, rescue dog, tragedy

My mom’s house burned to the ground a little over a year ago. She lost everything … but it was a hidden blessing. Since my dad died a few years ago, my brother, sister and I had been trying to get Mom to move to a smaller house in a less-isolated community. She would not budge, saying, “Everything I know is here: my home, my neighbors, my life.” The fire, though tragic, took care of that.

Prayer for Japan

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: disaster, donations, earthquake, God, gratitude, grief, healing, HOPE, inspiration, Japan, loss, love, oneness, Pacific, Personal Growth, prayer, rescue, spirituality, tragedy, tsunami, universal oneness

Group of people praying on the beach

As our brothers and sisters in Japan struggle to find peace, understanding, support and a sense of order after this month’s devastating earthquake, I invite each of you to join me as I offer these words of prayer:

Tucson, Christina, Healing and Rabbit Hole

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | January 17th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: anger, child, children, Christina Green, courage, crisis, death, family, father, Film, friends, grace, grief, grieving, happiness, healing, HOPE, humanity, joy, kids, loss, marriage, mother, mourn, mourning, movie, parenting, parents, Rabbit Hole, Relationships, saddness, tragedy, tragic, Tucson

Still from the movie Rabbit Hole

As a parent and grandparent, I was very hesitant to watch Rabbit Hole because I knew that it focused on parents who were dealing with the death of their child. After much encouragement from my wife, Lauren, and one of our community members (Mark), and with the tragedy in Tucson in the background, we watched the film last night and were absolutely mesmerized.

Take Nothing for Granted

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, appreciation, children, death, family, gratitude, grief, intention, life, loss, love, motherhood, mourning, SAD, sadness, tragedy

Two women huggingI recently received the unexpected news that three people I love had been in a car accident. The mother and youngest daughter were killed and the second child, 11 years old, was in critical condition. These people are a major part of our spiritual community and youth ministry. I received phone calls and emails filled with shock and sadness. As I sat in the memorial service, I had such a feeling of sadness and loss. The children often ran up to me on a Sunday and showered me with hugs and kisses. I always felt such love and joy during these quick exchanges. Their smiles and joyous ways always filled my heart with warmth and peace.

Healing Tragedies with Small Deeds

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | February 9th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: charity, depression, giving, haiti, helplessness, meditation, Mother Teresa, small deeds, tragedy, Yoga

Earth in Hands

Recently, I heard that around $50 million was raised during a telethon for Haiti. This raised my spirits enough to get me through another round of sun salutations. Sometimes I feel so helpless when dealing with the larger tragedies of life that it puts me into a depressed tailspin.