Help is available to those who grieve the loss of a loved one.
by Sandra Champlain
May 31, 2011
2011 has already equaled the record for deaths by tornadoes in a single year with 519 killed in the United States, with still one month to go in the tornado season, The National Weather Service said.
Alabama, which was hit by a wave of tornadoes last month, has suffered the most in 2011 with 243 confirmed deaths. There have been 139 deaths in Missouri from the Joplin tornado, followed by 33 deaths in Tennessee, 31 in Mississippi and 24 in North Carolina.
To some of us in other areas of the country, the tornadoes seem unfortunate, as we watch updates on the evening news. Before long we are back to ‘channel surfing’ and may catch a reality show, have a snack, then go to bed. We are peaceful, our loved ones are safe and sound, and the lights go out.
However, hundreds of thousands of people do not have such a luxury. In Joplin alone, over 49,000 lives were impacted by the tornado. Many of those people lost their homes, lost their businesses, lost their jobs, lost their every belonging, and many ultimately lost their dreams. Although our lives are now filled with other activities, these people continue to experience the most painful emotion known to mankind: Grief.
What is grief? Anyone who has ever had a loved one die, or lost a job or a relationship, or have been told they have a life-threatening illness knows what grief is. They may not be able to verbalize a definition for you, but they can tell you about the immeasurable pain, sadness, anger, shock, rage, sleepless nights, the need to be alone and the genuine feeling that “life will never be the same.”
Most of us have never been educated about grief and are never prepared for how grief will impact our lives us until a tragedy occurs. Most grieving people do not understand what they are experiencing is normal and there is a physiological reason why our bodies must experience grief. Many of the bereaved sink into deep depression and live with regrets. Many will allow their dreams, aspirations and relationships to die, when suffering a significant loss. Some even commit suicide.
There is help available right now if you or someone you know is grieving!
The website, www.survivegrief.com is dedicated to helping people through grief and gives massive amount of hope. A FREE 70 minute audio called “How to Survive Grief” is available to listen to or to download. This audio gives details about why we grieve, what to expect while grieving, how to lessen the pain of grief, how to help others who are grieving and finally, gives profound hope to all that suffer.
Regardless of if or how you have been impacted by the tornadoes. One thing is for sure: grief will eventually twist its way through your life unexpected, as it did with the tornado victims. I ask that you please do your part, find out who is grieving in your life, and share with them www.survivegrief.com. Thank you.
To listen to the How to Survive Grief audio, click here. Click on the If You Are Grieving link, scroll to the CD link.
Sandra Champlain lives in Byfield. She is chef to race car teams and owns a coffee and chocolate store (www.kentcoffee.com). However, after the death of her father in 2010, she chose to release a free audio ‘How to Survive Grief,’ to give people hope and ease the pain their pain.
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