Blogger Roundup: Reactions to Newtown

Some bloggers weighed in on the tragedy with diverse messages.

This week's blogger roundup is dedicated to those bloggers who wanted their voices heard on Friday's unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The blogs range from thoughts on how to cope with the tragedy, to a larger look at how we can prevent such violence in the future.

I Hear America Weeping: Bury My Heart At Sandy Hook

Cindi Sansone-Braff writes poetically about the tragedy and how closely it is linked in time to the regional destruction from Superstorm Sandy. Devastated by the thought of how many children will not be celebrating Christmas with their families, Sansone-Braff writes about our eventual need to forgive the perpetrator, and how we need to become a less violent society. She states:

"We need more than flags waving at half-staff, and much more than moments of silence. America we can start by boycotting our entertainment industry. Silence the violence that streams through your homes hourly on your big screens. Monitor the music your children listen to on their head phones, which glorifies drugs and violence; and for the good of all, put your money where your mouth is and stop buying your children violent video games."

Talking To Your Children About the Tragedy In Connecticut

Rabbi David Ross Senter offers some thoughts on how parents can tell their children about the tragedy as they are likely watching it unfold in front of them on the news, on Twitter, on Facebook and in the blogsphere. When an event like this saturates the airwaves, children can often feel frightened, shocked, and uncertain about their own safety. Rabbi Senter offers these thoughts:

1. The man who did this is no longer alive and cannot hurt anyone again.
2. When something terrible like this happens people everywhere do their best to make sure that it does not happen again. Talk about the security that you have seen at airports, etc. all those people are there to protect you.

Click on the headline to read the rest of his sentiments.

Nine Tips To Help Someone Grieve During The Holidays

Prophetically written before the Sandy Hook massacre, education expert Meryl Ain examines the fact that many people are suffering from feelings of loss during the holiday season.

Ain offers a series of tips to help those we know in our lives that are depressed and tormented by the loss of a loved one, amplified by the anguish of "celebrating" the holidays without that person.

Among some of the tips:

  • Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to avoid customs of the past and do something new. It’s okay to do things differently.
  • Offer to help the person with decorating or holiday baking. Both tasks can be overwhelming for someone who is grieving.
  • Click on the headline and contemplate all nine of these great suggestions. Care to weigh in yourself? Want to blog on Patch? Click here and get started.



    Donna Horman December 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM
    Dear Lord - how does this happen. Those little faces smiling up at you. No one in their right mind could like at a child and kill them at point blank Dear Lord take good care of the. wrap your arms around them and tell them not to ne afraid. Tell them they have a big job to do looking down taking care of their families and all the people who love them even though we never met. God Bless you sweet Angels. Donna Horman, Holbrook, N.Y.
    Beth Capodanno December 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
    This is an absolute nightmare. It is almost unbelievable. But the fact remains that it was not a dream, but an ugly reality. We need to be there for the grieving families and community. As a parent of a second grader, I kept the incident a secret. He is very smart and sensitive. I just found out that the school district is observing a moment of silence at this primary school. I feel that this is inapropriate. I will be dropping him off late tomorrow. The district has no right to "enlighten" my child about this unspeakable tragedy, nor let them drop the bomb, and then have me try to explain to him what happened. Ignorance is bliss. Primary aged students across the country do not need to have their innoscence shattered like the Sandy Hook children have. There is a time and a place. Giving a moment of silence is for children who are older and understand and can comprehend that they will be safe. Not little children.
    bigmomma December 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    Beth, I understand your worries for your child, but what if the children at school do discuss this in front of your child? Unfortunately I had to discuss it with my child so I could control how and when she found out about it. This is such a life as we know it event changer. We can not control what our child's classmates have been exposed to and may discuss in their class.


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