My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragic situation--the children, the parents, those were wounded, those who suffered a terrible loss. Those who knew victims will also be heavily affected, of course, and lives will be changed forever. The effects of this heartbreaking crime will be felt deeply and widely, particularly as we struggle to make sense of something so senseless.
As the rest of the world helplessly watches the tragic details emerge, many of us will find ourselves struggling with strong emotions of our own. Parents and children across the country may feel a sense of shock and sadness that is particularly strong and deeply felt. It is difficult not to identify with the victims--all of them so innocent--and feel our own sense of safety shaken, even if we were not directly involved.
Why do people across the country so strongly feel the effects of these random acts of violence? I discussed this just yesterday on The Wall Street Journal's The Daily Wrap (you can listen here). Here are some of the deeper reasons why we are all affected by these tragedies, with some suggestions on what you can do to cope with strong feelings that may result.
Again, my sympathy and prayers lie with the families of each of the victims. As a nation, we will all be mourning for quite some time.
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