Emotional Toll of Weekend Storms
April 30, 2012 7:00 AM
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The sudden storm that took the life of one person and injured dozens of others in downtown St. Louis Saturday will be felt by some people forever.
“What happens to us when we lose somebody… we’re not affected for six months, we’re not affected for a year, we’re affected for the rest of our lives.” As chaplain for Hope Hospice John Wilson ministers every day to families coping with death.
Wilson says loved ones often find their grief comes in waves and stretches out for years. “Those ripples will have all those steps of grief around each ripple. You may see the anger, the denial, the guilt, the acceptance and then you’re out a little further and it all comes back again.”
He says it’s especially hard to make sense of sudden tragedies such as Saturday’s storms or last year’s devastation of Joplin. But Wilson says the most helpful thing for grieving families is the support of friends and the community. “And as we have death and grief it’s not just that family, it’s me too. It’s you too. And going through it together is the best thing we can offer.”
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