Facing Tragedy

Facing Tragedy

News of shootings, bombings or other tragedies leave communities grappling with grief, loss and anger.

People ask why God would let something so devastating happen. Parents struggle with answering their kids’ complex questions about fear and death issues and even with letting their kids go back to school.

We want to help you with your grief, give parents tools to help their children cope, and show you how to help those in your community find a way to process what has happened.

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Understanding Trauma

Where’s God in the Midst of Suffering?

Prolific author and theologian Randy Alcorn addresses the complex relationship between an all-powerful, loving God and the existence of evil and suffering.

Recovering From Losses in Life

H. Norman Wright tackles tough issues such as the meaning of grief, blaming God, and learning how to express yourself and share your pain in times of loss.

Teaching Kids to Show Empathy

When tragedy strikes, do your children know how to respond to those around them?

Parenting Children Through Trauma

Making Sense of Tragedy

Brady Boyd, the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., discusses the fatal shooting incident that occurred at the church in December, 2007, and the healing, forgiveness and restoration his congregation has experienced since.

It’s Okay to Cry

When a child experiences loss, whether it be small (a broken toy) or traumatic (death of a friend or family member), he or she needs to know: it’s okay to cry. Here is practical advice and assurance borne of years of experience that will equip you to assist those you love to grieve and to heal.

How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

As a counselor, I’m often asked how to talk with kids about tragedies such as the latest school shooting. Here are some strategies I offer in my practice for intentional and effective conversations about tragedy.

How To Help

Seeking God In Hard Times

Psychologist Dr. John Townsend explores the idea that God allows suffering in our lives in order to help us grow spiritually, and points to Christ as the ultimate source of hope in dark times.

Helping Those Who Hurt

Whether you’re a layperson or a professional counselor, Helping Those Who Hurt will help you care for others encountering life crises

How Can God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering?

Indeed, this country has a problem. This world has a problem. It’s called evil and it’s running loose like a roaring lion devouring the most innocent in our midst. What can we do?

Additional Resources

Parenting in the Midst of Tragedy

Nothing will eliminate the pain that you or your children have suffered, but there are steps you can take to help your family face those circumstances with courage and confidence. This downloadable PDF booklet offers clear brief tips for such difficult circumstances.

Understanding and Coping with Trauma

Each person affected by trauma experiences his or her own unique reactions and symptoms. This downloadable PDF booklet describes various trauma responses and actions which can help.

Coming Home: An Invitation to Join God’s Family

If your heart longs for something more, download our free booklet inviting you into God’s eternal family.

Managing Those Tricky Emotions

A practical Focus on the Family resource that can assist you in helping your kids talk about their emotions. Includes a full-color chart featuring popular Adventures in Odyssey audio drama characters illustrating eight core emotions.

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