SharedSorrows.com Responds to the Newtown Connecticut School Shooting Tragedy

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SharedSorrows.com has established a CareFund through which contributions may be made to benefit the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The staff at SharedSorrows want to let the bereaved parents, students and teachers at Sandy Hook know that people across America care and want to help!

We want to let the bereaved parents, students and teachers at Sandy Hook know that people across America care and want to help!

Help Sandy Hook Elementary Victims

The staff at SharedSorrows want to let the bereaved parents, students and teachers at Sandy Hook know that people across America care and want to help!

SharedSorrows.com has established a CareFund through which contributions may be made to benefit the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The staff at SharedSorrows want to let the bereaved parents, students and teachers at Sandy Hook know that people across America care and want to help!

A SharedSorrows.com grief blogger, who is also a volunteer with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries (Her husband has requested that we not use her name at this time), lives 30 minutes away from Sandy Hook Elementary School where the tragic shooting took place. Her thoughts and advice to parents follow:

"I work just a few miles away from Newtown. Several of my co-workers have children attending school there. I am still trying to comprehend all that has happened here today, as is everyone else in the country. For perspective, Newtown was a beautiful, serene place until today’s shooting. In fact, it reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting. The residents have been cleaning up from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy—and now this.

First let me share some good suggestions I adapted from Linda Ranson Jacobs at GriefShare.org for those with children at home:

1. Turn off the TV so your children won’t see this tragedy replayed over and over again.
2. Don’t talk to other adults about the shootings on the phone or in person if your children can hear the conversation.
3, Try to keep yourself calm. Your anxieties can be troubling to your children.
4. When you feel that you can handle it, sit down with your children and ask them what they know about the shooting. Explain that sometimes bad people do bad things.
5. Find ways for your children to express their emotions—through prayer, drawing or other activities.
6. Assure your children that they are safe—give them plenty of hugs and attention.

Listen."

SharedSorrows.com provides grief resources to assist anyone who suffers the loss of a loved one. These resources include:
Caring Moments™ free daily emails for encouragement and comfort
Recommended Grief Resources including books, movies and online resources
Free telephone grief care through Hope for the Heart Ministries.

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