Monthly Archives: July 2011

Transformation through Social Support

In some cases, time and nature by themselves may bring healing. In most cases, however, recovery from tragedy requires intervention of friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, sources of social support. When confronted with a disaster or a situation beyond our … Continue reading

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Mother Nature as Transformer

In conjunction with time,┬ánatural forces also contribute to transform tragedy. When I needed to prune a tree, I used to use a thick black substance as a sealer. “Just leave it alone,” the most recent nursery man I consulted, said. … Continue reading

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“Time Heals All Wounds”–or does it?

As we look at factors which transform, or help transform tragedy, into a positive, healing experience, almost at once time comes to mind. “Time heals all wounds,” we’ve all heard people say. We may have said it ourselves. There is … Continue reading

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What Transforms Tragedy?

As I walked along a quiet wooded New Jersey road this morning, I heard a strange buzzing noise above and to my right. Planted atop an electrical pole, the unexpected sound came from a transformer. I don’t know the specific … Continue reading

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A Friend of Job questions God

Not only the empathetic listener, ┬ábut the person who questions God is also a Friend of Job. You want to believe, but because of tragedy in your life, you doubt the presence of God, that God hears, or that he … Continue reading

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