Natural disasters deeply impact us. People often feel helpless or overwhelmed in the wake of their destruction. It can be tough to know how to cope, or how to help someone who has experienced this devastating loss.
This page provides resources for those who are looking for a way to deal with grief, for parents wanting to help their children cope, and for anyone wanting to reach out to those affected by natural disaster.
For the Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope
When a tragedy or loss occurs, we are saddened and angry. And full of questions. How could God allow this? What good could God possibly bring from this? In these pages, Max Lucado searches for some answers. Along the way, he offers God's peace and understanding that reaches beyond our circumstances. buy the book
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. listen now
Talking to Kids About Natural Disasters
We can't control the natural disasters our families might face. But we can reassure our kids and address their fears, explaining how rare these events are and that we will do everything we can to keep them safe. keep reading
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. listen now
Our licensed Christian counselors are here to listen to and pray with you, as well as provide initial guidance and resources to help you and your family.
Arrange to speak with a licensed Christian counselor at no cost by calling 1-855-771-HELP (1-855-771-4357) Monday through Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Mountain time. If you're looking to develop an ongoing counseling relationship, you can search for a professional Christian counselor in your area.
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.
Focus on the Family is aligned with Convoy of Hope, a Christian ministry partner that shares our heart to help families at their point of need by providing essentials during US disasters. Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has helped more than 80 million people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger.