Healing After The Navy Yard Shooting (eBook)
One Survivor'S Story Of Her Struggle To Return To A Normal Life
de Laurel Myers
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Healing at the Navy Yard recaps some of the happenings that occurred during the shooting at the Navy Yard then tells readers about the internal battle the author goes through as she grapples with her emotions about the event.
After the event, after we’d been told we could return to work, and as people began to trickle back to work, the author was still seeing multiple therapists, psychologists, and a psychiatrist trying to get a grasp of what she had gone through and what she could do to heal from the event. She was given some grounding techniques, both physical and mental, to assist her in gaining control of her fears at certain sounds and of the darkness (remember the inside where the author was situated was darkened by the gunpowder floating in the air that refused to fall to the ground).
She felt God had abandoned her, then expanded her thinking to include those in the building who had been affected by the shooting, both those who had been killed or injured, and those who were traumatized by the shooting. Once they moved back into the building, a chaplain was assigned to the Headquarters, and he worked with her, encouraging her to visit the areas of the building she was in when the shooting occurred. He challenged her to write a book and to include comparisons about two men who survived the Nazi concentration camps and their approach to God’s oversight of their predicament to her situation and her feelings about God’s oversight.
As she wrote, and compared her thinking to that of the two survivors, she began to realize that God didn’t abandon her and those in the building, but that He helps those who help themselves; and allows life to proceed as it does. Even though she felt abandoned, she still prayed to a God she didn’t believe existed anymore. But when they moved back into the building, she realized that God was not abandoning anyone. He was just allowing those who could help themselves to do so while still allowing them the ability to make changes that would affect their future. So at that point she also realized she was praying in earnest once more, and that she had not completed her healing but would require many more years of healing before even thinking she could consider herself healed.