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Coping With Tragedy

The Empty Room

John David Mann | Posted 05.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John David Mann

When I turned 17, I began doing something odd: every few weeks, I would take everything out of my room. Bed and bedding, cello and chairs, stereo, bur...

There Are No Answers, Only Responses: The Jewish Approach to Dealing With Tragedy

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Sara Esther Crispe

If we are breathing, it is an opportunity to help another, to do an act of kindness, to make a difference.

Tragedy and Love in Oklahoma City

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Two elementary schools had been hit by the level EF4 storm. Children were dead. Parents who flocked to the school were reportedly kept away from the perimeter so that rescuers could hear any voices that might be crying for help. My first thought as I surveyed the rubble was, Why?

Why Understanding the Back Story Helps You Solve the Problem

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I don't have sons. I have two daughters. I've never had to say "no" to violent movies and video games. I've never had to explain that hands are not for hitting. Neither of my two girls ever picked up a stick and pretended it was a gun.

When "It's All About Me" Is a Positive

Jana Novak | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I understand the instinct: the need to connect, to empathize, to be a part of an experience. It's why we call them "shared experiences"; why we call them "national tragedies." In the nitty-gritty though, they are not. They are not shared and they are not national -- they are so very deeply personal.

The Boston Marathon: One Buddhist's Response to the Unthinkable

Susan Piver | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

The danger of opting for the storyline over a more complex and present truth is this: When we make up stories, we create an alternate reality. Rather than looking at our situation straight in the eye, we look at it from behind a protective lens.

To Fear or Not to Fear After the Boston Marathon Bombing

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Aurora, Tuscon, Newtown, and now Boston. In light of so many terrorizing incidences, from a psychological standpoint, it's normal -- and healthy -- to feel fear.

Post-Boston: Coping With the Psychological Aftermath

Marlo Thomas | Posted 06.19.2013 | Home
Marlo Thomas

I love the New York Yankees, but I'll be honest with you. After this week's tragedy in Boston, I began to wonder if it would ever feel safe to attend a game again. If the Boston event confirmed one thing to us, it's that mass violence has officially entered the public square, and that we can never know who -- or what -- the next target will be.

Let Us Grieve First

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

So give us a brief time to cry, to grieve. Something really bad happened. Let us work through our emotions. Then after that, spit in the eye of fate and the madmen, be proud of our cities and our nationality, and gain revenge in normality.

Dr. Gail Saltz With Marlo Thomas (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | Home

This week, psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz joined me for this special episode of Mondays With Marlo. We've all read and watched the horrific events that o...

We're All Innocent Bystanders: Healing After The Marathon

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Valdes Greenwood

We are all innocent bystanders to tragedy now. Americans live in era of terrible violence, which finds us in our movie theaters and our schools and our streets full of joyful citizens. Those who do such terrible deeds seem to have forgotten what it means to be human. But we don't have to.

A Meditation On Tragedy

Jeff Halevy | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Halevy

We cannot let yesterday's attack, an assault on the essence of the human spirit, create within us fragmentation and destruction. We must continue to achieve. We must continue to come together.

8 Ways To Cope With The Boston Marathon Tragedy

Dani Meier | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dani Meier

How do we wake to a new day and move forward? What do we say to ourselves, to each other, to our children? Sadly, no explanation can make sense of this mindless devastation. Nonetheless, there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and to take care of each other.

Heard Round the World: Praying For Boston As Israel Marks Its Independence

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

These very different "shots heard round the world" should both call us to attention and remind us of everything we have to celebrate and be thankful. May those who are bereft be comforted. May those who sustained injuries find a healing of wholeness.

How My Near Death Experience Taught Me To Deal With Tragedy

Elad Nehorai | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Even if life is tragic right now, even if it won't get better right now or tomorrow or the next day, I want to tell you that you have the power to transform yourself and transform your situation and to rise above. To go beyond.

Coping With the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

This shocking event has captured the attention of most of the world, and there is some small solace in knowing that millions of hearts are sharing in concern and compassion for the victims and their families.

After The Fire

Jimmy Demers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jimmy Demers

That bumper sticker kept going over and over in my mind: "The best things in life aren't things." And yet, as true as I knew it to be, I still couldn't help but feel somewhat sick to my stomach that most of my things were now in a pile of ash.

Making Gratitude Routine

Wendy Strgar | Posted 10.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Moving on after tragedy, not letting it be our guide but taking its wisdom into our next experience of love, is the practice of routine gratitude.

Tips For Coping With The Stress Of A Medical Emergency

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It is natural to shift blame to a God who doesn't care, a doctor who is inaccessible, or an insurance plan that is heartless. It is natural to shift blame, but not constructive.