As our nation mourns and reacts to the terrorist attacks on the State of Israel, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center recognizes the many feelings evoked by this and previous traumatic events. Whether it was in the aftermath of the Buffalo, NY grocery store shooting or the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, adults struggle to find the words to comfort and support their children. At a loss for the “right” words or fearing a strong reaction, adults may avoid the topic altogether. Children are often left alone struggling to understand why bad and scary things happen, searching for ways to cope. Providing your child with truthful and age-appropriate information signals to them that you are available to talk about the traumatic event and that they can trust you with their thoughts and feelings.
The following are some suggested ways to approach the subject, address feelings, and provide a sense of safety and containment for children:
Honor the memory of those who died and decrease feelings of helplessness by making a card or sending a donation to the families affected by the tragedy.