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Family Process in Mass Killings

I was in the middle of writing a blog about a Canadian PBS radio show hosted by Genevieve Chornenki, “When Families Start Talking”, that I took part in, which aired on December 12th .  The show dealt with family loss and the usefulness of families talking more openly. The next day my cousin's 31-year-old nephew committed suicide.  The following day, December 14th, there was a mass murder of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  The school is 38 miles away from where I live.  It is all very, very close.

Part of my family is in shock at the senseless suicide and much of the world is in shock and in mourning at the senseless murders. Both cry out for understanding.  All of our prayers and thoughts are with the children, friends of those who have died and those who must live on with the emotional scars from these events.  We are left to put together our best understanding to explain to ourselves and most especially to children what happened and how we are going to deal with this world we are living in.

President Obama asked at the memorial service: “Have we done enough?” “ NO”, he said.   I agree. I can make another effort to see and understand how family dynamics is part of the problem, which leads to the expression of intense anger ending in senseless deaths. Read more...

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