MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: Surviving Newtown
Marian Wright Edelman | 7/16/2014, 3 p.m.
She pointed out that as common as traumatic experiences may be, there is far too little education right now on the best ways to help families work through them: “As a nation, we have an elementary perception of what ‘help’ is. Help was the regular, consistent, loving support from family, friends, neighbors, and community members that truly got them through and the thousands of messages from people committed to fighting for justice and peace. “In each instance, they delivered the same message: ‘We are here and we will not leave you.’ And they have kept their promise. Their efforts provided us a sense of safety and a sense of control. They provided a sense of community, connection, and love in the midst of chaos, fear, and loss.”
I hope all of us will reach out to make our own communities safer for children. As neighbors, members of civic organizations, sororities and fraternities, and faith communities, create connections for children, youth, and families in your communities who may be suffering silently with no support from family or friends. Make them feel part of something bigger. Let them know you will be there for them.
Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.