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The 1 October shooting has challenged Las Vegas like no other event. Yet out of the heartache there is healing as our community works together to support the victims, support their families and friends and as we work to help each other.
Anybody who wants to talk should talk, and there really is no excuse at this time, there are so many resources available to anybody who wants to talk. However, I always discourage people, if somebody does not want to talk we don’t want to force them to do so. The population I am most concerned about are those that might be currently grieving another loss before this occurred or had a hard time coping after their own tragedies. That population tends to be a little more vulnerable and loved ones should be monitoring those individuals more closely.
I encourage people to avoid cliché type statements, those are really meant for the griever to say to themselves and not to have others share those opinions or beliefs with them. There are plenty of helpful things that you can say things such as “How did it go for you today?”, “How are you feeling?” it is ok to admit “I’m sorry and I don’t have the right words to say”. You can also say something like “I can’t imagine how this feels”. Things I would discourage to say would be “Time heals all wounds” I also urge caution when using religious type comments such as “They are in a better place” or “This was meant to happen” things such as “I know how you feel” or “You just need to get over this” it tends to minimize a person’s grief and trauma. United Health Group, Optum and Southwest Medical Associates currently have a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week hotline for emotional support related to this event.
We have trained professionals awaiting your call at the toll free help line, which is 866-342-6892.