I will continue to keep Floridians lifted in prayer because of the devastation our unwelcome guest; Hurricane Irma, caused while visiting our state. Our hurt is real and many of us have never experienced anything like this before. The loss of our material possessions, days of no electricity, lack of food and water, and flooding that made streets look like lakes. Life was very uncomfortable, but we have life! I have life and I am thankful to God, are you? Your material possession, your stuff can be replaced, it’s just stuff.
So, how do we begin to recover from this disaster? We start with the understanding that it is a gradual process for all of us including our children. Our children will look to us for extra attention and reassurance that life will return to normal. Here are a few suggestions to assist you with the process:
- Recognize your feelings don’t ignore your sadness, fear, or anger. Emotions are a vital part of the healing process. Let your children know it’s ok for them to share their own feelings.
- Focus on one thing that is important to you and your family right now; one thing, not every thing. One thing has to be first and that’s where you start. Remember to include your children as you develop a plan for getting started.
- Your normal routine will help bring calm to your life and allow your brain to reset. Getting back to your normal routine or close to it helps your children to adjust and begin to understand how to recover from tragedy.
Remember the human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome
Places for HELP: American Red Cross, Americares, Catholic Charities USA, Feeding Florida, The Salvation Army, UNICEF, Samaritan’s Purse, FEMA and your local church.