by Erin Hicks
Suicide is something you will never be prepared for.
When I got the phone call last January that one of my youth had taken his life, but was still not legally dead, it wasn’t real to me. He was the youth who was always smiling, a teenager with a big heart. The majority of my youth had all grown up together. They were in a state of disbelief that their friend, someone many considered a brother, had not gone to any of them for help. Below are some ways that I helped my youth cope with the death of one of our own, including what I did while he was in a coma.
Each group and situation is different. All we can do is seek to live in continuous prayer, connecting us to God so that it is the Almighty who shows us the way. You know your kids, and the best you can do is to lovingly serve the kids whom God has entrusted to you.
Erin Hicks is a graduate of the Center for Youth Ministry Training and is pursuing her Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.
If you’re not caring for your own soul and taking time to connect with God and others, you won’t have much to offer those whom you're called to minister. So take a breath and take a moment to figure out how you need to proceed, not out of panic and not out of everyone else’s expectations. Lead from a place that is centered in Christ. Pray, listen, and watch for your community’s most pressing needs, and start from there.
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by Erin Hicks Suicide is something you will never be prepared for. When I got the phone call last January that one of my youth had […]