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Processing Tragedy (In Response to the Shooting at the Chiefs Parade)

In the wake of the recent tragedy, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, numb, or distressed. Coping with the aftermath can be incredibly challenging, but it’s important to prioritize your mental health during this difficult time. Here are some tips to help you navigate through these emotions:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions arise. Whether it’s sadness, anger, fear, or confusion, know that your feelings are valid and normal reactions to such a traumatic event.
  2. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family members, or mental health professionals for support. Talking about your feelings with someone you trust can provide comfort and perspective. If you’re struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to seek professional help by calling 988, the mental health lifeline.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Engage in activities that help you relax and unwind. Whether it’s prayer, meditation, exercise, spending time outdoors, or indulging in a hobby, prioritize self-care to help manage stress and promote emotional well-being.
  4. Focus on What You Can Control: It’s natural to feel powerless in the face of such senseless violence, but focusing on what you can control can help alleviate feelings of helplessness. Take practical steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.
  5. Be Kind to Yourself and Others: Remember to practice kindness and compassion, both towards yourself and others in your community. Everyone copes differently, so be patient and understanding with yourself and those around you.
  6. Engage in Meaningful Action: Consider getting involved in initiatives aimed at promoting community healing and preventing future tragedies. Whether it’s volunteering, advocating for policy change, or supporting mental health resources, taking action can foster a sense of empowerment and hope.

Remember, healing takes time, and it’s okay to not be okay. Be gentle with yourself and prioritize your mental health as you navigate through this challenging period.

For resources and tips on helping children to process this tragedy:

For more counseling resources from Resurrection, CLICK HERE to visit our counseling page.

For pastoral care resources from Resurrection, CLICK HERE to visit our Care page.