Last week I published a letter from Nathan Jernigan, a licensed psychotherapist who attends our sending congregation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In it Nathan offered advice as to how we ought to help our children through trauma and tragedy; this was written in response to the Sandy Hook shootings.
I mentioned in that post I’d like to share some of my thoughts on children dealing with death. So today I am.
Here is the letter I wrote Nathan in response to his advice (I’ve bolded a few thoughts):
Nathan, this is Brett Harrison writing from Geita, Tanzania. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you having written this for everyone at Stones River (and even their missionaries abroad). While the shootings in Newtown aren’t something about which we’ve heard a great deal — and while the oldest of our children is only three — your words are very much appreciated.
Our daughters regularly are witness to sickness, sadness, and tragedy here in Geita; and navigating these situations is difficult for me at times. Continue reading