Luckily the burglar had not taken much, as it appears they were only interested in cash and jewellery, but the feeling of shock and horror that someone had broken into her home and rumaged through every room in the house, including her childrens, caused enormous distress, not to mention the completely destroyed front door.
It reminded me very much of when I was 18 and I came home and found the front door window broken. Only, imagine my surprise when the burglar came bursting out of the door. When confronted with such a situation, it is difficult quite to know how to respond but with me being young and niave, I ran after him over a busy road and into a neighbouring street - just like a movie only real life. Unfortunately I couldnt quite get over the big fence that he climbed, but we did get all the jewellery back as he dropped it in the garden to get away.
Dealing with these incidents is never easy, for it is a very emotional experience to undergo. However, if you can manage to look at the positive aspects of what has happened as it has happened, ie that no one was hurt and that very little was taken, it will offer at least some relief. Hopefully then you can rise out of the stress more quickly and it will feel better than focussing on the horror of what has occured.
This leads me on to say that if you can practice turning your negative thinking patterns into positives each and every day, by the time you are faced with such an incident, if ever, you will be well equipped to deal with it and to rise from it ore quickly than if you had not.