It’s been a hard week. Between the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosion in Texas, it’s hard to watch the news. And it’s hard to walk away from the news. It’s hard to take it all in. Let alone make sense of it.
In times like these, we need to remember how to care for ourselves and one another. As we learned last Fall between Hurricane Sandy and Newtown, traumatic and tragic events affect our minds, our hearts and our bodies in very real ways. It’s important that we pay attention to these effects in ourselves and in others. Instead of discounting them, it’s important that we listen well and act with care. This is a time where our spiritual practices and our community matter.
The UCS ministers and pastoral care team want to share some resources with you for coping with tragic events.
The UU Trauma Response Team has an excellent video where they share very practical ways to cope with tragedy, both individually and for families. The video was filmed locally at Murray Grove Retreat Center and sponsored by the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF).
The UUA provides a page of resources, including how to talk with children about these events.
There is also a report/story about how tragedy reminds us of the fragility of life.
The American Psychological Association shares ways to manage traumatic stress and when to seek professional help.
Remember also that you can reach out to our ministers or pastoral care team.