Coping With Disaster

Life Challenges

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.

Understanding Disaster

Helping Kids Cope

How to Help

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    Talk to a Focus Counselor

    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.

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    Parenting in the Midst of Tragedy

    Focus on the Family

    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.

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    Understanding and Coping with Trauma

    Focus on the Family

    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.

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  • Managing Those Tricky Emotions


    Managing Those Tricky Emotions

    Focus on the Family

    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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    Convoy of Hope - US Disaster Relief

    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. Convoy of Hope is currently on the ground and ready to provide emergency relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence. Help families in the storm by donating now.

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  • Resource Lists for Difficult Events:

    Comfort & Encouragement
    Grief & Loss
    Mental Health

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    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.

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