It occurred to me after today’s tragic events, a lot of people will be looking for answers in order to move on. Shock can do some crazy things to us and the process of grief can be much harder, one day you wake up and it hits you like a tonne of bricks. They call it the 5 stages of grief.
Whilst I recognise that right this second may not be the time to seek help, understand what has happened, or even deal with the emotions you may be experiencing. People may even question that I am writing this at such an inappropriate time. However, I know that at some stage, people will be wanting help or some form of support. I want people to know that they are never alone, at times when you are surrounded by people can also feel the loneliest. When the time is right, reach out, but only when your ready.
There have been some amazing stories circling around on social media amongst the devastation and that is people opening their doors to strangers, giving free taxi rides and of course the dedication of our NHS and emergency services working above and beyond to help those injured. The one that stood out the most was the brave homeless man who ran towards the danger rather than away to help those wounded. He wrapped a young girl in a piece of clothing to keep her warm and then attended to a 60 year old women who sadly died in his arms. It is these very people who bring our communities together, people would normally walk past and judge this man based on is situation and not think twice. However, he came and helped people when they were most vulnerable.
To those of you who are suffering in any way, related or unrelated to the Manchester attack, just know you are not alone and you can contact support organisations directly, such as Cruse Bereavement Care (0808 808 1677) or Samaritans (116 123).