After the tragedy in Orlando last week, we are faced, yet again, with shock, fear, and sadness. When the world seems like a scary place, it’s easy to feel weighed down by the heaviness of pain, confusion, and even disbelief. Practicing compassion (for ourselves and others) is one way to find a sense of comfort and generate some much-needed kindness out there. Every little bit helps. Even the smallest acts of kindness have a ripple effect strong enough to turn the tide on a wave of hate.
Here are some ways to reestablish a sense of safety and comfort after tragic events:
- Find time to reflect. Set aside a few (tech-free) moments to debrief and decompress.
- Reach out to others. Check in with a friend or family member to see how he/she is doing.
- Listen compassionately. When you’re having a conversation with someone, put yourself in his/her shoes for a dose of perspective.
- Tell loved one how much you care about them. We usually don’t say it enough, and times like this remind us just how precious life is.
- Engage in social action. Visit the resources below to learn how you can support those affected by the Orlando shooting.
Orlando, our hearts are with you.
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Resources for Parents
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Orlando Shooting, TIME Magazine
- Nine Tips for Talking to Kids About Trauma, Greater Good Science Center
- Talking To Children About Tragedies and Other News Events, HealthyChildren.org
- GoFundMe Campaign for Pulse Victims and Families
- Send Condolence Card to Orlando – Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Speak Up for Gun Violence Prevention
- Human Rights Campaign: Ways to Help in the Wake of Orlando Shooting
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