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Boston bombing: One month ago today

NPR's Morning Edition had an excellent report on the Boston bombing which happened one month ago today.

Only one business has not reopened. And the reporter talked to many witnesses who were there that day.

Their comments reflected how grief works.

One man said his birthday was coming up soon and after that, he was putting the memories away.

“If you dwell on it, it will swallow you up. Every wound needs to heal.”

A grief therapist said there should be no timetable to the grief. Some will move on; others it will take a long time.

Several said: “The vision of that will never disappear.”

One young man choked up when he said: “I remember walking over people” and he thought: Not as hurt as some others. So he walked to the more injured. But he wonders: Who am I to make the decision?

A firefighter friend gave him this advice: “You cry. You let it out.”

It is good our culture is getting more conversant in grief. And so many are willing to step in and help others as they struggle through grief that lasts a lot longer than one month.

(S-R archive photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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