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Boston Marathon Explosions, Newtown Shootings: Responding to Trauma

April 15, 2013—Three people have died and at least 100, including children, are injured after two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line disrupted this popular international running competition.

As with the Newtown, CT, school shooting in December 2012 and other traumatic events, one need not have been on site in Boston's Copley Square to feel unnerved, angry, or shaken.

These resources, developed or suggested by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff, may help you process today's disquieting events emotionally and spiritually for yourself, in your family, and with others in your faith community.


  • Making Meaning after Disaster (PDF) by Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, a Tapestry of Faith workshop for congregations, posted by the UUA Resource Development Office
  • Together in Faith (PDF): Finding Home in Times of Trauma or Disaster by Tracey L. Hurd, posted by the UUA Resource Development Office

Meditations and Readings

  • In Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Reading on Death and Remembrance, collected by Edward Searl (Skinner House, 2005): A prayer by Victoria Safford (p. 117); &quotLove Abides&quot by Barbara Pescan (p. 144), and &quotWe trust that beyond the absence&quot by Anonymous (p. 154).
  • In Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 (Beacon Press, 1994): &quotIn Blackwater Woods&quot

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Last updated on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

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