What We Will Need to Heal After Today’s Tragic Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Our hearts go out to the victims and families of today’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Associated Press have reported that 27 people, including 18 children, were killed today by a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This sunny Friday, just a week and a half before Christmas, has turned into a day of devastating tragedy.

In times of great pain and loss, many questions arise. Why do such horrific things happen in the world? How could someone commit such an atrocity? Why couldn’t the children, at least, be spared? Today’s shooting also gives rise to debates about gun control and the 2nd Amendment, as we saw was the case following this summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado. These are important discussions to have, important questions to ask. And in a country that averages at least two mass shootings a year, a revisiting of gun control laws is imperative. But, as a White House spokesperson said, today is not the day.

Today, and in the days, weeks, and months to come, the families of the victims are going to need our love and support. Now, more than ever, is a time for community, a time for reaching out our hands and being there to hold the ones who are grieving. We wish Newtown, CT, and all those who have been affected by shootings this year, peace and healing. Remember that you are not alone.

Resources for dealing with loss and grief:

Spiritual Solutions – Dealing with Loss

Facing Death

The Deeper Meaning of Death

Dealing with Grief

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