More and more these days children's grief support is merging with terror. And due to the increasing exposure children have to details about horrific events at home and around the world, our role as supporters and nurturers is growing. I've written repeatedly about protecting children from over-exposure to terror and crisis reporting in the media. We know, due to limited cognition, many children viewing the news coverage following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 thought the twin towers fell over and over again. So they were traumatized over and over again. This can easily happen today. There is an undercurrent of fear in our world. Supporting children appropriately means ensuring they have opportunities to talk about what news they do hear and to ask their own questions. Talk about only what they want to know about, no more, no less. Let the child lead the content, you guide the pace.
I'm pleased to share this resource to help lift up gentle conversations with children and answer difficult questions about crisis and terrorist activity. Read and promote this beautiful blog presented by SparkeStories.com.
What is sparkle?
"Sparkle is an online resource for high-quality audio stories for children and families. Each week Sparkle Stories delivers delightful audio stories to subscribers around the world. We offer twelve original Story Series, plus a thirteenth Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family." sparklestories.com
What's Your Grief is a comprehensive grief support website; Co-authors of this site are Baltimore-based mental health professionals with 10+ years of experience in grief and bereavement. "More importantly, though, we have both experienced the death of a parent and have dealt with life after that loss. Neither of us knew what resources were available to us at the time, and we fumbled through the darkness alone. Later we wondered why should anyone have to feel alone when so many of us have been through grief ourselves? For this reason, we are committed to delve into anything and everything grief-related and to provide a place where people can come to support and be supported.
Specifically, our mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways. We aim to provide the public with…
- Education that reaches beyond generalization
- Practical and specific suggestions for moving forward
- Modes of self-exploration and self-expression that suit all types of thinkers and doers
- Ways to honor and remember deceased loved ones.
- A supportive community"
This is the excellent advice offered by WYG following the recent terrorist attack in Paris:
Hold each other tight and take good care,
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