Dealing with Tragedy

  1. Seek out persons who care for and support you. Share your reactions, thoughts and how the experience impacted you.
  2. Know that the reactions to trauma described are normal responses to a very abnormal experience. They occur in varying degrees of severity and type for each person.
  3. Limit the amount of time that you watch details about the tragedy on TV.
  4. "Baby yourself" - eat well, get your sleep, and do nurturing things.
  5. Express your feelings with your art! Drawings, poetry etc. are all healthy ways to manage the feelings related to trauma.
  6. Consider writing a journal of your experience or feelings.
  7. Seek to gain perspective on the experience. This is often helped by participation in counseling. Other aids may include meditation, reading, spiritual refection or involvement in support groups.

We are here for you to process the events at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, or any of the other shooting incidents. If you need to talk to someone please give us a call. We will set up an appointment or come to your class.

You may experience some of the symptoms below, this is normal!
  • Shock: often the initial reaction to events like this. Shock is the person's emotional protection from being too overwhelmed by the event. You may feel stunned, numb, or in disbelief concerning the event.
  • Suffering: this is the long period of grief during which the person gradually comes to terms with the reality of the event/loss. Feelings that life is overwhelming, chaotic and disorganized are common.
  • Sadness: The most common feeling found following traumatic events like this. It may become quite intense and be experienced as emptiness or despair.
  • Anger: Can be one of the most confusing feelings for the grieving person. Anger is a response to feeling powerless, frustrated, or even abandoned.
  • Anxiety: Can range from mild insecurity to strong panic attacks. Often grievers become anxious about their ability to take care of themselves, or fear an event like this will happen to them or a loved one.
It's good to talk about it! We are here for YOU...give us a call!

The Counseling Center and CWC staff members are available to help you or make referrals for additional help.

Lance Goede - CounselorExtension 2175

Some other possible resources:

Wayne Montgomery - Human Services InstructorExtension 2269
Cory Daly - Associate VP for Student ServicesExtension 2186
Steve Barlow - Assistant Dean for Student ServicesExtension 2029
Debra Starks - Case Manager/Success CoachExtension 2221

Lance Goede,


Licensed Professional Counselor
Main Hall, Room 123F
1-800-735-8418, ext. 2175
Email: Counseling 

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