We were all shocked by the actions of a lone madman several weeks ago in Colorado in the “Midnight Movie Massacre.” We were all shocked at the death toll, rocked by the devastation that had been caused by this crazed killer who took the lives and futures of so many innocent people – including a six year old girl.
Like many, you might have had the thought, “Wow. That could have happened here.” And, it’s true. Tragedy knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate between people. Tragedy can hit any community, any family, any individual, at any time.
Aside from mass shootings, terrorist attacks, Earthquakes, and other mass disasters, there are tragedies that eventually strike every family. The death of a loved one. An accident that permanently injures someone. The sudden loss of income due to layoffs or being fired. These are the every day tragedies and losses that parents struggle to explain and help their children through.
I began a series at my church last week, “How To Talk To Your Kids About…” It just happened that the topic for the night was “How To Talk To Your Kids About Death And Tragedy.” I have included the outline below.
You can hear the audio of the entire teaching here:
Feel free to use this to teach the parents in your own church. I pray it is helpful.
“How To Talk To Your Kids About Death & Tragedy”
- Be honest with them.
- Use appropriate language. Hebrews 9:27
- Allow them to ask questions.
- Allow your child to be emotional. Ecclesiastes 3:4
- Be aware of your own need to grieve.
- Grieve together. Romans 12:15 Job 2:11-13
- Don’t force an emotional response.
- Expect regression.
- Pray together. Hebrews 13:5
- Remember that grieving is a process, not an event.