Christchurch Earthquake Grief

Blogon September 9th, 2010No Comments

Many of the people of Christchurch and surrounding areas will be experiencing grief from the losses they have suffered as a result of Saturday’s 7.1 earthquake. Just as one feels grief at the loss of a loved one, people can experience grief from loss of a home, loss of income, loss of a way of life. Just as with the loss of a loved one it is important to feel supported by others who are close.

I remember, years ago, heavy rains that brought extensive slips down on the farm. We didn’t own the land, just managed it, that didn’t matter. The land was scarred and it felt as though my mother had been in a car crash. I knew I loved the land but the depth of my feelings caught me unawares. I experienced a kind of grief. How much more the grief when you see your home in ruins, your land split in two, and then on top of that, for some the loss of livelihood.

If you have friends or family in the Christchurch area offer your loving support. Ask what they need that you can do. Maybe they need to come and stay for a while. If you don’t have friends or family in the area, help anyway – maybe just a donation. It’s going to be a long haul for many of those affected.

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