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Episode Info: Have you ever found yourself mourning someone you do not personally know? Does tragedy in the news upset you, as if you’d lost a loved one? When media alerts citizens about a tragedy in the news, many people share the emotions of the people who experienced it firsthand. Although this is a topic we hope we never have to discuss, tragic events can impact people many miles away. Have you ever grieved for strangers who were victims of a tragedy? If you want to know more about coping with tragedy in the news, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services who defines the term and offers suggestions for coping with it. Tragedies we hear about affect us, even if we weren’t there to experience it in person. This podcast is an opportunity to learn how to cope with grief after hearing of a tragedy in the news. Why Do We Grieve for Those We Don’t Know? Valerie kicks things off by explaining the grieving process, and how we become the bereaved after witnessing a tragic event. Next Valerie segues into some generalizations about things we might see in the news that could cause us to feel grief. Because we’re human, it’s natural for us to have compassion for others. How do you cope when you hear of a tragedy that took place somewhere else around the globe? How to Cope about Tragedy in the News Then Valerie discusses ways for coping with tragedy in the news. During the podcast she answers questions like: What are some ways we can grieve with others? Is it okay to keep our grief private and to ourselves? Where are some places in Vancouver we can go to grieve? Now ask yourself these two things: Do
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