This weekend, Canadians were shocked and saddened by the news of the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which left 15 dead. The Saskatchewan community, and indeed our whole country, is mourning.
Many of our own kids play on hockey teams, or participate in team sports. Perhaps some of them even had to travel on a bus this weekend for a tournament. The similarities between the children who died, and our own children, make the emotional impact of this tragedy even more traumatizing for our kids.
How do parents, coaches, and teachers help our children cope with this tragedy? Here are some practical ways to help reduce the trauma, anxiety, and survivor guilt, and to help mourn.