When Tragedy Strikes Children

Created on December 14th, 2012

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How do we preach, teach, and provide care when the tragedy involves children?
How to Help Children After a Crisis

How to Help Children After a Crisis

By Delia Halverson
In times of crisis, more than anything else, children need our love. They need to know they are loved, not with a showering of gifts but in a physical way. Hug them. Hold them… read more
In the Arms of Love

In the Arms of Love

By Ronnie McBrayer
While in Central America earlier this year, I visited the Mayan ruins at Tazumal, El Salvador. Tazumal is one of the best preserved ruins in that country, and I learned from my… read more
Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances

Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances

By Paul Sheppy
The Death Of A Child We had so many hopes, so many fears, there has been so much joy, so much sorrow, and now all our words seem empty. What we want we cannot have; and… read more
Sermon for When a Child Dies

Sermon for When a Child Dies

By Cynthia Danals
Death comes unexpectedly to a member of your community—an accident, a suicide, or an illness. Family and friends need to sense God's compassion in the midst of their grief… read more
FUNERAL, CHILD'S.

FUNERAL, CHILD'S.

From Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling
FUNERAL, CHILD'S. The death of a child, whether suddenly or after prolonged illness, is an unanticipated and devastating loss. Inevitably, questions of theodicy arise, such as…
4--No Easy Words Of Comfort

4--No Easy Words Of Comfort

From Best Funeral Meditations
4--No Easy Words Of Comfort FOR A SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD STRUCK BY A CAR David A. MacLennan Matthew 18:10 (RSV) Jesus said, "See that you do not despise one of these little…
Answering Tough Questions: Tragedy and the Justice of God

Answering Tough Questions: Tragedy and the Justice of God

By Edward P. Antonio
When confronted with the reality of pain and suffering in the world Christians—priests, pastors and theologians included—have a tendency to launch into a search for… read more
When We Can Only Ask 'Why?'

When We Can Only Ask 'Why?'

By Adam Hamilton
The images of devastation coming to us from Japan raise once again the question of why. Why would a just and loving God allow–or worse yet, cause–such human suffering? … read more
The God Who Comforts

The God Who Comforts

By Kel Groseclose
I was a young, wet-behind-the-ear pastor just a few years out of theological school. I had been appointed to serve in an isolated rural community tucked away in a pristine river… read more
Helping Your Child Cope with Grief

Helping Your Child Cope with Grief

By Beth Sheller and Gretchen B. Watts
Children react in dramatic and intensely painful ways to the death of a loved one, yet they may show their grief only intermittently. One reason for this is that children do not… read more
Helping Children Cope with Violence

Helping Children Cope with Violence

By LeeDell Stickler
Because we live in a broadcast news society, children you know will be hearing this story over and over and over again for the next few days. How can you help the children in your … read more
Your Child and Violence

Your Child and Violence

By Ned Andrew Solomon
The tragic events in schools across the coun­try where violence has erupted have left both children and adults with feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, and confusion. The… read more