VOICES News Alert

December 18, 2012

Dear Families and Friends,

This weekend we had an opportunity to spend two days in Sandy Hook and offer our support. As you can imagine, the community is still in shock over the tragic loss of the young children and teachers who heroically protected their classrooms. Many families we spoke with asked about resources and guidance in talking with their children about the event. We have also heard from many of our members who report that the tragedy brings back memories of their own personal loss on 9/11.

These events are sobering reminders that acts of violence can take place in any community. Listed below are several articles which you may find helpful. Please forward this e-mail to anyone who might benefit from the information.

From the experts at Compassionate Friends, thoughts on coping with the loss of a child:

- "To the Newly Bereaved"
- "Understanding Grief When your Child Dies"
- "When a Brother or Sister Dies"
- "The Grief of Grandparents"

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and SAMHSA, tips on restoring a sense of safety and promoting resilience in the face of trauma:

- "Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting:
    Tips for Parents and Professionals"
- "Building Resilience in Children and Youth Dealing with Trauma"

From the American Psychological Association, the Connecticut Commission on Children, the American Red Cross and the National Association of School Psychologists, suggestions on helping your children manage distress after trauma:

- "Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting"
- "Helping Children and Adults Cope with events like the Newtown School Shooting"
- "Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma"
- "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers"

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the families, friends and the Newtown community as they gather to honor the lives lost. As always, feel free to contact our offices at 203-966-3911 or 732-543-2300 if we can be of any assistance.

Warm Regards
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff