As a trauma therapist, a concerned citizen, a fan of SVU and a human being, I have witnessed traumatic events. I understand that there is suffering. I understand that we cannot control everything and everyone. That includes who battles cancer, whose house is destroyed by a tornado, whose village is washed away, whose husband, child, father, or mother dies while serving this country. We can’t even choose our parents. I also know that I live in a world of hope, healing, peace, love, understanding, beauty, music, dance, art, scientific discoveries and amazing human beings.
I live in a world in which the day can change in an instant. Hearing that your son’s cancer will no longer respond to treatments, saying goodbye to their loved one as they die, being in a horrific car crash, hearing the tornado siren go off.
The weather over the past 15 days in a variety of places in the world has been traumatic. People are dead. People are missing. People are injured. Injuries we can see and others which are invisible at first glance. Homes are gone. Whole towns, villages, communities are destroyed, in chaos, grief and fear.
How do people cope?
How to people heal?
What kind of physical, emotional, relational, spiritual repair is required?
You may know someone personally who has been affected. You may be affected as you hear the stories, talk to people who are/have experienced it. Your child(ren) may be experiencing nightmares. They may have to talk to you about it in order to work through it. Art is a great way of allowing oneself to feel, cope, work through something and heal.
I invite others to comment. What are your thoughts, feelings, reactions, stories.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to share and heal.