Coping with Grief and Tragedy
I did not believe what I was reading this morning when I learned about the events that occurred while most of Colorado slumbered. Working at the Aurora Century 16 theater was my first job after I graduated from Purdue and moved to Colorado over 10 years ago. If you have never worked in a movie theater, it is not as glamorous as you might think. My work uniform involved wearing a vest with popcorn on it and a bow tie. Popcorn does have an alluring aroma, but not when you can't wash it out of your hair. I was moved when I heard the 911 call on the news this morning that was made by an employee. I also heard that an employee was the one who pulled the fire alarm to begin the evacuation. Their bravery and quick thinking surely saved lives. Not only have their lives been changed by the tragedy of last night, I can't imagine what the prospect of returning to work there would evoke. I dug out my old Employee of the Month award from Aurora Century 16 and now display it proudly in memory of those who senselessly lost their lives and those who acted bravely.
Whether or not you knew someone that was impacted by the events last night, you may be feeling a sense of loss or sadness. Please know that you are not alone. Please let others know how you are feeling. While often the best remedy is speaking to a trusted friend or loved one, the library has resources that may also assist you in your healing. If you or someone you care for needs additional help coping, please seek the assistance of a health care professional.
- Life after Trauma: A Handbook for Healing by Dena Rosenbloom, Mary Beth Williams, with Barbara E. Watkins
- When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do by Claudia Zayfert and Jason C. DeViva
- Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair by Miriam Greenspan
- Finding My Way: From Trauma to Transformation: The Journey through Loss and Grief by John M. Schneider
- On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler