MSPCC extends our deep condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. We also extend our best wishes for the health and recovery of the many others who were injured.
We are grateful to the law enforcement and medical professionals as well as the civilian bystanders who acted swiftly and with bravery and kindness to assist those who were in need. Their heroic actions remind us that Boston is a strong and compassionate community, one we are very proud to be part of.
Talking to children about senseless and tragic events like this can be among the greatest challenges a parent faces. The article below and the accompanying resources are provided to help you think about the best approach for your children. But we know that for some children and families that may not be enough. In the days to come, if you find that you or your children are in need of counseling or support to cope with the aftermath of these tragic events, please know that we are here to help.
How To Talk With Children About The Boston Marathon Attack
By Gene Beresin, M.D.
At the finish of the Boston Marathon, the city of Boston was shaken by the explosion of a number of bombs. Almost all of our children have seen horrifying images of death, destruction, and distraught family members. We in Boston and many around the nation are filled with shock, fear, anger, anxiety, and confusion. Helping our children come to terms with this event is an ongoing process.
The news coverage is likely to be extensive and our children will be hearing and seeing the events of the day now and repeatedly. In response to this, they will have ongoing concerns and need reassurance. It was not long ago that they were all shocked by the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. At a time of chaos and many questions about the nature of the attack, we need to help them cope with the vast uncertainties in the moment. How can we help guide our children through this stressful time? Read the full article...
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