The entire Ramah Darom community is grieving following the horrible events in Pittsburgh. We pray for a refuah shelaymah for those injured, and we extend our most sincere condolences to all the families and friends who lost loved ones.
As our Ramah Darom community knows all too well, often the most difficult aspect of responding to tragedy is figuring out how to comfort and support our children. In the article “Difficult Conversations“, The Jewish Federation and PJ Library of Greater Washington offer some tips and scripts for discussing events in the news with children. In addition, The following resources have been gathered by the Foundation for Jewish Camps.
“Love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it.”
~ Mr. Rogers, of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh
- Article: Don’t Avoid Talking To Your Kids About The Pittsburgh Shooting, The Forward
- Tips for Caregivers: Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs during Crisis, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Tips & Resources: Parenting during Tragic Events, Fred Rogers Center
- List of Resources: In the Wake of Tragedy: Resources for Coping after the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings, Union for Reform Judaism
- Resources & Tips: How To Talk To Your Children About Scary Situations, PJ Library Resources
- How to talk to children about difficult news, American Psychological Association
- Teens: 4 Ways to Talk with Teens After the Pittsburgh Shooting, Reform Judaism blog, Michelle Shapiro Abraham & Dr. Betsy Stone
- Talking To Young Children About Prejudice, Anti-Defamation League