Helping Kids Cope When Tragedies Happen – Las Vegas Shooting
Helping Kids Cope When Tragedies Happen
Las Vegas Shooting
On the 11 year anniversary of the horrific Amish schoolhouse shooting, we wake to find out that during the night over 50 people lost their lives and 400 more were injured by a crazed gunman in Las Vegas. It’s hard to know what to say to children during times like these. What do we tell them? How do we help kids cope with this tragedy?
My eleven year old says she’s never going to a concert. Only four short months ago there was a senseless shooting at an Ariana Grande concert. I can’t blame her for feeling that way, but I don’t want my children living in fear either. What do I say to her? How can we help our kids cope when tragedies happen?
My heart aches for the families involved in this horror. The parents, siblings, spouses, who don’t yet know if their loved one is alive or dead, and for those who got the call that theirs are not coming home. My heart aches for the victims laying in hospital rooms, in operating rooms, who may or may not recover from their wounds, and for those who saw too much, and will never be the same.
As adults we struggle to make sense of something so terrible. We have a hard time believing the news footage is real, and not some Hollywood movie. But when the reality of the tragedy hits, and you accept that a man whose heart was full of so much rage and anger, unleashed that hatred on hundreds of innocent people, it is hard to comprehend. How do we then, as scared, angry parents, tell our children about this event, without causing them to live in fear?
Ways To Help Kids Cope with Tragedy – The Las Vegas Mass Shooting
Assure them that God is still in control. He is still the ultimate authority, the one who made us, and loves us.
Limit the amount of news coverage they see. The news loves to replay horrifying scenes, and scare people senseless. Children can only handle so much, and they should only be exposed to as much as necessary. As little as necessary.
Pray together for the victims, and for the policemen working hard and looking for answers. Pray for the terrorists family, and for the hearts of those impacted, that eventually they will find forgiveness, and that hatred won’t destroy them because of this.
Answer their questions as best you can. If you don’t know what to say, tell them that. Tell them you don’t know why bad things like this happen, but you do know that God loves them, and because of that, they are going to be okay.
Find new ways to help those in need. Sometimes there’s no real way, other than prayer to help victims, but you could find others in need (Cure.org, local food bank, soup kitchen, etc.)