Dealing with A Disaster

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

Southern Alberta was hit hard with flooding. From our beautiful Rocky Mountain town of Canmore through to Medicine Hat. In between, smaller communities as well as our major city of Calgary was hit. I continue to pray for my friends family who is coping in High River AB, and am sending thoughts to my colleagues and friends in Canmore.

My home is Calgary, AB. Although my own home was not hit, I have several colleagues and friends who were affected. And now, on June 25th, 5 days later we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, that light is also seen with the sights of destruction.

As the water levels begin to go down we have a mix of emotions. We're relieved that we can begin the clean up. But we're also dealing with the sights of a "war zone". We're getting the first views of the damages and starting to see the loss of property, animals and just "stuff". It's more than just stuff.  It's YOUR stuff.  But how do we deal with the roller coaster of emotions.  To talk us through our ups and downs I had the opportunity to talk to registered Psychologist Gemma Stone.  Some GREAT information here on how to help yourself, others and children.
Visit www.gemmastone.org for more about Gemma Stone.

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