How Can We Help?

Written by on October 3, 2006 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

This is a slightly revised version of a post I made yesterday on my local paper’s, York Daily Record, message board, but I really wanted to post it here, because I’m feeling I need to do something.

As we’re all sitting here stunned, what I’d like to know is what can we do to help?

I believe in prayer, I believe in holding all families involved in our thoughts. I believe in looking at the situation and engaging in discussion to ascertain how to address this both locally and as a society, as a whole. I think it’s important to assess whatever dynamics are involved that could create such a thing happening, from personal responsibility from the individual involved to our responsibility to one another as human beings.

But I also believe in moving our feet, and as the Amish come together in a time of crisis for each other, they not only look to their faith, they also pick up hammers and nails and wood and do whatever is needed to rebuild after a loss.

We can’t rebuild lost lives or put together traumatized souls as easily as we can raise a barn, but we can do something.

So, I ask, how can we help? Do the Amish have insurance? Maybe it wouldn’t be wise to have a hundred people descend upon families that value their privacy with bowls of soup and fruit baskets, but can we help them deal with aspects of this situation, that may not be on their priority list at this moment, as their children fight for their lives? Can we start to implement a gathering of resources to aleviate whatever financial burdens this may place on them, so they can go on with the process of healing without added financial stress?

Is there a way we can find out what would be most helpful to the familes at this time? I would invite each of us to look into would be truly helpful at this time. It’s important that those of us who are stunned move our feet. Perhaps in this way, we can, also, move through our own grief.


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About the Author: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .


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