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28 Ways to Heal From Tragedy
Posted By Amy Goyer On December 20, 2012 @ 2:57 pm In Take Care | Comments Disabled
Many of us are experiencing grief and sorrow after the shock of the deaths in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. The tragic shootings have brought many issues to the forefront: gun control, school safety, mental illness and the daily tragedy of thousands of children around the world who die every day from violence, child abuse, neglect and hunger. How can we lift ourselves up from the fear, sadness and negativity? What can we, as individuals, do to make a difference?
At this time I am reminded of a tragic stabbing that killed a young neighbor of mine a few years ago. After it happened, the response was not to close down or become a negative, fearful place but instead to band together and create good. I noticed that many health and restorative organizations began to pop up on our main street. Now our community has a very healing energy about it.
I believe there is a great deal of goodness, love and positive thinking in this world. There are many caring individuals, or “helpers” as Mr. Rogers called them. I hope that this horrible tragedy will motivate people not to fall into darkness, but instead to respond by putting more love and light into the world. It’s one of the ways we truly can make a difference.
Here are just some of the ways that we can all remember, honor and send love in the direction of families who are suffering in Newtown and around the world:
Please share your ideas and the things you are doing to heal after this tragedy in comments section below.
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 Mr. Rogers : http://www.theblaze.com/stories/old-mr-rogers-quote-goes-viral-after-newtown-tragedy-see-which-one-it-is/
 moment of silence: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=4010&Q=515708
 create good: http://createthegood.org/
 act of kindness: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/17/15972814-inspired-to-act-26acts-of-kindness-to-honor-those-lost-in-newtown-conn?lite
 people are reporting : http://www.twitter.com/anncurry
 grieving: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-12-2012/death-loss-christmas-holidays-goyer.html?intcmp=HPBB3C
 Light a candle: http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/enter.cfm?l=eng&gi=SHCT&p=Our%20prayers%20are%20with%20the%20people%20of%20Newtown,%20Connecticut%20in%20the%20wake%20of%20the%20heart-rending%20tragedy%20at%20Sandy%20Hook%20Elementary%20School.%20%20Please%20light%20a%20candle%20in%20shared%20grief,%20love,%20and%20commitment%20to%20kindness.~
 music to express your emotions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AkUWbQmB7I
 Sandy Hook School Support Fund: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
 Toys for Tots: http://www.toysfortots.org/
 Volunteer at your local school: http://www.aarp.org/experience-corps/
 help those with mental illness: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=about_nami
 Donate books: http://www.shelteringbooks.org/
 Project Night Night: http://projectnightnight.org/
 support group for children who are grieving: http://www.rainbows.org/
 Connecticut Parent-Teacher Association: http://ctpta.org/About-CT-PTA/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html
 therapeutic “comfort dog”: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/18/comfort-dogs-grief-newtown-school-shooting-lutheran-church-charities/1777361/
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