How do we provide spiritual and emotional care in the wake of traumatic events? Events over the last month–which is Mental Health Awareness Month––have left many of us wondering how to care for each other as we have faced:

May 4, 2022

1 million deaths from COVID-19 reported in the U.S.

May 14, 2022

Racist mass shooting targets Black community in Buffalo, New York.

May 15, 2022

Mass shooter terrorizes a Taiwanese church in California.

May 22, 2022

Report released on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee chroniclingwidespread sexual abuse and attempts to supress survivors’ voices.

May 24, 2022

Nineteen elementary school children were murdered by an active shooter in Texas.

On each of these dates, in each of these tragedies, precious lives were lost and loved ones’ lives were shattered. Possibly people in your community. Or people you know and love. Or perhaps, even you.

May you be better equipped to care for people in your life and community who are hurting. And may you be equipped to care for yourself as you help others.

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Jamie Aten, Ph.D. and Kent Annan, M.Div. are the co-founders of Spiritual First Aid. They also direct the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College.