Our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers are with all the people of Brussels. Not only were many injured and lives lost, but now the people of Brussels and, in light of the past attacks in Paris, all of Belgium and Europe, must struggle with the loss of a sense of security.
As is the nature with a company such as Grieving Together, our focus is on the grief experienced when someone dies. However, there are many different causes of grief. As I sent my thoughts of concern to a friend who has many family and friends in Brussels, she pointed out to me how much more has been lost for Brussels than lives, or health in the case of those who have been injured. She very wisely added that there is also a very real and significant loss of sense of security. Not only must the citizens of Brussels struggle to cope with their shock and grief, they must face the fact that their lives will be forever changed. Even if all of their family and friends escape unscathed from the attacks, the fear that will encompass the city as they attempt to move on and go about their daily lives will stay with them for a long time. A commute to work, a trip to the store, a walk to school will no longer be routine events, but instead will now be occasions of fear.
While there is great depravity at the root of this tragedy, it is heartwarming to see that already the people of Paris are reaching out to the citizens of Brussels, perhaps most vividly seen in this drawing by French cartoonist Jean Plantureux.
The residents of Brussels and Paris will form a bond that can only come from personal experience. Mourning is an outward display of grief, but it’s purpose is not only an emotional outlet for a grieving individual, it is a way for others to show support for the grieving person and for a sense of community to develop. Recovery from an event such as this will take a long, long time, but the beginnings of healing will come forth from the relationship of grieving together.
Let’s all stand together with Brussels. Grieve together. Mourn together. Let the healing begin.