To learn more about the New Canaan Urgent Assessment Program, visit its webpage.

Trusted Resources to Help Deal with Tragedy and Loss

Silver Hill Hospital

As a community, the Sandy Hook area has suffered an unspeakable loss of previously unimaginable proportions. However, becoming as informed as possible is one way to cope. Therefore, we have compiled a list of trusted resources to help you deal with this loss. You will find information for children, teens and adults, videos, PDFs and books. We will continue to update this information as additional resources become available.

You may also contact the free, confidential Disaster Distress Helpline at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by calling 800-985-5990.

Resources from Trusted Organizations
American Psychological Association:
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events

PBS: Talking with Kids About News

Books for Children

  • After the Funeral, by Jane Loretta Winsch
  • Don’t Despair on Thursdays: The Children’s Grief Management Book, by Adolph Moser
  • The Next Place, by Warren Hanson
  • Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst
  • A Terrible Thing Happened, by Margaret M. Holmes