Youth missioner offers framework for parents discussing tragedy with children

August 18, 2014
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Danielle Dowd, youth missioner of the Diocese of Missouri, has developed a framework to get difficult conversations started. She writes, "I’ve written some steps to consider and attached a page of resources for further inspiration. Please know that I am here any time that you have questions or need support."

She adds, "We may feel intimidated by these discussions. We may feel inadequate to lead them. But our youth need a safe space to tell their stories and process their feelings. They need us to come forth as servant leaders – leaders who are ready to cry with them, to struggle alongside them, to listen to them. Many of the questions that come along with these discussions do not have easy answers. Enter into them anyway."

A Framework for Discussing Tragedy with Youth and Children

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Need more information? Contact Beth Felice, diocesan director of communications

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