Contributions Young People
Can Make in this Time of National Tragedy
During times of great tragedy, young people feel
the world is out of control.
In addition to listening to their concerns, young
people can be helped through routine and structure. Just as adults
need to do concrete activities to aid themselves through anxiety
and grief, young people also need to make specific contributions
to demonstrate their compassion and sadness. Listed below are
a few suggestions:
1. Send cards and drawings to other children
who have lost a loved one.
2. Send cards to local firefighters and
law enforcement expressing condolences for their fallen fellow
3. Create a large mural expressing sorrow
for our nation's loss.
4. Collect pennies for families who have
lost a loved one.
5. Wear red, white and blue ribbons to
Adults can work with young people by the following:
A. Hold a moment of silence for the school
B. Provide 15 minutes each morning to review
the days events.
"Life's deepest wounds
integrated can become one's greatest power."
. . .Mariette Hartley