We have shared our deepest sympathies too many times on days like today where our news is blanketed with terror, sadness and intolerance. This is not the time to demean, insult or threaten a population of people who share a nationality with those who have chosen violence to express their anger and hatred. We hope everyone around the world will show compassion and refrain from directing their fear or anger toward innocent people who themselves are fearful and filled with sadness.
We also hope and pray that the political rhetoric remains calm, that wisdom be placed in the hearts and minds of our world leaders as they and their officials face the challenges brought to us all by these acts of terror.
Everyone here at Springwolf Reflections and Spring’s Haven extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their family and friends in Brussels. Along with all the people of Belgium and Europe who are now in the shadow of sorrow and fear.
May the GreatSpirits watch over you all,
bringing peace and compassion into your lives .
May each of you find the strength to endure,
the support for each other to cope,
and the energy to remember the happy memories
of those you love during this sorrowful journey.
~ Many Blessings
Checking In With Family and Friends During Tragedy
When tragedy occurs, the first thing families want to do is make sure their own loved ones are safe. Often cell phones are the first place we turn to make those connections. But calls will overload systems and it can become impossible to contact the one you need to hear from the most. In these situations, texts and messaging can still get through because they use less bandwidth.
Check your social media services. Many offer some form of “Check In” service. Facebook for instance has a service called “Safety Check” which they activate during natural disasters and tragic situations.
There are also several mobile apps that can help you keep connected with family and friends in an emergency. These apps are more than simple text messaging. They can send location information, let everyone in a group of contacts know you’re ok or that you need help. Some of the more popular apps are WhatsApp and Life360 Family Messenger.
Make a plan for you and your family, especially if you have love ones traveling away from home. No matter if that’s in country or outside your country home.
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