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Everything is Different Now

 

 

Our blogs haven’t been regular since the shootings at Aztec High School.  Like most of the community, we are still trying to come to some terms with the aftermath of the tragedy, and the several tragic school shootings since.  And like many, we are emotionally tired.  We’ve been spending more time just being quiet.

Kirk Siegler, a reporter from National Public Radio, spent several days in Aztec last week for a follow up on how the community is doing 3 months after the shooting at Aztec High.  I had the pleasure of meeting with Kirk, sharing contacts, and hearing what he has learned about the continuing impact on our students and community.  You can listen to his report on Morning Edition for March 12, and again on All Things Considered

We’re fortunate that Kirk and NPR committed to a following up on our community, because how we, and other communities recovering from tragedy, move forward (or don’t) is very important.

What is for sure is that we will never be the same.  Every student is changed.  So are all staff at the high school, the families of our 3 dead youth, and our community.  This is a defining moment, and we have an opportunity, as individuals and collectively, to determine who and how we will be going forward.  Courage and love are required.  Our hearts and minds have been tempered by a collective tragedy, and together we can reach for a kinder more compassionate future.

 

 

Community Tragedy and Unity

Report Card Continued:

What we have learned about community

What we have learned thus far on our project is more complicated to communicate than our previous report card section on areas of reduced consumption  While we expected surprises, we never anticipated that our little community of Aztec would fall victim to a school shooting.  We reflected on how to help heal the shock, pain, loss and grief and are devoting We-All-Can’s Facebook page to that service.   We have posted a lot of information and nightly prayers for the first two weeks after the shooting.  These are now weekly prayers, on Thursday nights, because the shootings occurred on December 7th, a Thursday Morning.

Healing Heart to Heart, a video series, is our response to help heal from tragedy.  It can be found at the new tab across the top of the We-All-Can homepage.  Healing Heart to Heart is a series of interwiews with healers, clergy, counselors, and leaders about how to respond and heal from loss and tragedy.  We hope the interviews will provide encouragement and comfort.  We hope they provide insight about how to speak to and support individuals and families experiencing tragic loss.  We hope that it will give ideas to parents and teens about how to support themselves and each other.  We hope it will be a place to begin when you are stabbing in the dark and want to move forward.  We hope it will help you to feel less alone and to help others know that they are not alone.  I am grateful for all those who have contributed their wisdom so far, and hope to grow our library of interviews so that they can be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, who is healing from any type of tragedy.

We have learned much about our community’s resilience, compassion, ingenuity, talent and love.  Healing Heart to Heart videos are testimony to that, as is the information provided on Facebook@weallcaninspire.  The return to wholeness will be a long journey with many bends; it will vary for each person impacted.  We will become whole again, but our new identity as individuals and as a community will be forever changed.  We are touched by the outpouring of love, unity, and support.  It is beautiful.  I pray that others can find ways to bring these beauties in their communities to the forefront without the presence of tragedy.

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