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Talking with Kids about Hate, Violence, and Trauma
Hate, Violence, and Trauma: Talking with Children
Children's Faith Development, Families & Faith Development, Keeping Children Safe, Trauma and Disaster Response

Hateful violence and calamitous natural disasters touch all of us. One need not have been present at the church, the nightclub, the Marathon, the elementary school, or the hate rally to feel unnerved, angry, or shaken. One need not have directly suffered from the wildfire, the flood, or the hurricane to be frightened, angered, or upset by nature's power to cause harm.

You want to help your children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside our communities. For UUs, action is a valid response; it is important to ground that action in compassion and make it part of your own healing. Please use these resources to help yourself, your family, and others. 

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Meditations and Readings

  • Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Reading on Death and Remembrance, collected by Edward Searl (Skinner House, 2005). See a prayer by Victoria Safford, page 117; "Love Abides," by Barbara Pescan, page 144; and "We trust that beyond the absence," by Anonymous, page154.
  • Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 (Beacon Press, 1994)

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Beyond Absence:
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings On Death and Remembrance

Edward Searl
From Skinner House Books
Drawn from poets, philosophers, theologians and clergy, this inspiring collection will assist ministers, lay leaders and anyone seeking to express and explore the mystery and grief of death.

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