It’s not that we’re no longer shocked; it just happens so often that we feel numb in its familiarity. Another day, another shooting, and more tragic loss of life. We’re still grieving the heartbreaking loss of the victims murdered in Orlando and now we add to those the deaths in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Dallas. How do we process the loss to our national community in the wake of so much violence?
We may not have known the victims, but we are nevertheless touched by their deaths. How do we mourn for those we did not know? What can we do and how do we express our grief?
We feel powerless in the wake of such relentless tragedy and yet we can channel our grief to facilitate healing. If we become a beacon of kindness, we’ll project an atmosphere of optimism and everyone around us will feel better. The ability to make even the smallest difference will help us to grieve, cope, and empower ourselves and our communities to heal.
Robbie Miller Kaplan is an author who writes from a unique perspective as a mother who has lost two children. She has written How to Say It When You Don't Know What to Say, a guide to help readers communicate effectively when those they care about experience loss, now at a reduced price for e-books for "Illness & Death," "Suicide," "Miscarriage," "Death of a Child," "Death of a Stillborn or Newborn Baby," "Pet Loss," "Caregiver Responsibilities," "Divorce" and "Job Loss." All titles are in Amazon's Kindle Store.