Dealing With Grief

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

We've all dealt with grief in our personal lives, but large-scale tragedies can also touch us. Take the Sago Mine disaster. You may not have known the families of the victims, but we can all relate to loss. A new documentary is bringing back painful memories...but also helping some people cope!

It was a tragedy that touched us all. Thirteen miners trapped underground, and only one would come out alive.

The documentary from the Discovery Channel takes viewers on a minute-by-minute journey.

From the happiest of times, to the darkest of moments. It replays what happened and brings back painful memories.

Kelly Levy works with Hospice of Huntington and specializes in dealing with grief. She says the documentary is similar to the Marshall movie because both can help people heal.

For former coach Red Dawson, it allowed him to open up and talk about what happened on that November night. Levy says that can be key.

“To be able to talk about their grief and tell their story sometimes is very healing,” said Levy.

Hospice is holding a community forum Monday to discuss "We Are Marshall." She hopes it will allow folks to talk about tragedy, learn from others and deal with the pain.

“So much of what people experience when their grieving is really very normal, but it feels so abnormal to them,” said Levy. “So we want to give a chance to validate what really may be normal feelings."

Whether from a tragedy that happened just last January or more than 36 years ago.

Monday’s forum is called "We Are Marshall, What It Means to Us.”

It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hospice office at 1101 6th Avenue. It's free to the public. If you'd like to register, call this number: 1-800-788-5480.

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