RedBird Center Newsletter
  Red Bird Center 
     A Place of Hope and Caring
Bereavement and Loss  Counseling 

 Summer 2012
              OUR                    THERAPISTS

Marjorie A.Kosoy Ed.D.
Sheryl Levin M.Ed., L.P.C. 


Announcing our New Group:
Loss of a Spouse

Ongoing Group:
Embracing Life After the Suicide of a Loved One

If you would like information about our groups, please contact  us at  (713)-621-2700.


 "Life changes in the instant . . . and life as you know it ends."
Joan Didion from the first lines of The Year of Magical Thinking.


Our nation is once again thrown into a state of collective mourning. We are all stunned by the events which occurred over the weekend in Colorado. We heard in disbelief that innocent and unsuspecting movie goers were gunned down by a lone man. These were people like us who had gone out to enjoy the opening night of the new Batman movie. These were people like us who live busy, productive lives. These were people like us who look forward to the future.


What we witnessed, however, was quite different. We saw chaos and terror, but we also saw people who became heroes in an instant. We heard about people who shielded their friends, family members and complete strangers and saved lives. We heard about people who rendered first aid, never leaving the injured person's side and saved lives. We heard about people who came to transport the injured and saved lives. Out of the chaos, people reacted with compassion, with caring and with love.


We are all deeply touched by these events. We are all holding on more tightly to those we love because events like these, remind us of our own losses. We hurt as a father holds up a picture of his son. We weep as a mother recognizes her daughter among the injured. Together we try to make sense from this seemingly senseless act.


 We hold each other more gently as we ponder the fragility of life.



Understanding our Reactions and Suggestions for Coping Strategies 

  1. The Colorado incident has been anxiety producing for the entire nation. 
  2. Those who are mourning are more vulnerable to any stressors, but particularly to this type of stress where lives are lost. 
  3. Some mourners may experience some of the anxiety and sadness they felt at the time of their loved one's death.  
  4. Some mourners might experience new symptoms such as: sleeplessness, forgetfulness or lack of interest in their work. If these symptoms persist, get help from your physician or counselor.  
  5. Try to talk about your feelings or fears with a loved one or trusted friend. Sharing feelings can be part of healing.


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