Many families we have met with at Sandy Hook have asked about resources and guidance in talking with their children about the tragedy. We have also heard from several of our members who report that the senseless attack brings back memories of their own personal loss on 9/11. These events are sobering reminders that acts of violence can take place in any community.
Listed below are several articles we recommend.
From the experts at Compassionate Friends, thoughts on coping with the loss of a child:
From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and SAMHSA, tips on restoring a sense of safety and promoting resilience in the face of trauma:
From the American Psychological Association, the Connecticut Commission on Children, the American Red Cross and the National Association of School Psychologists, suggestions on helping your children manage distress after trauma:
- "Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting"
- "Helping Children and Adults Cope with events like the Newtown School Shooting"
- "Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma"
- "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers"
Traumatic Loss Coalition with information to help in response to CT school shooting: