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By Tricia Brown | UMCOM

Dealing with loss from a natural disaster is very different than responding to violence. Coping with a loss involving children or helping children or youth cope with a crisis will be an even greater challenge. You may feel helpless, but you are not. While each situation is different, there are a variety of ways you can offer spiritual comfort and support during difficult times.

“Tragedy brings out a variety of emotions well beyond sadness. People who are suffering may express anger at themselves, at others, even at God. They may become despondent, and they may question or doubt everything, including their faith. These feelings may be difficult for them to express and difficult for you to understand.”

Find ideas and resources for you, the church leader to use to help your congregation cope with grief.

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