The Aurora Theater Tragedy, the Columbine Tragedy, the 9/11 Attack, the Park County School Shootings, and many other disasters have far-reaching implications. Those of us in victim services may need to be prepared to respond to situations that are different from our normal professional challenges. COVA encourages you to be prepared in your community to respond to these acts of violence. We are available to support your efforts to provide these services, and PLEASE remember to take care of yourself.
Reminders, holidays and other special days may be times mixed with sad memories and well as joy and new reasons to celebrate-even after a disaster. Know these times may be more difficult and renew some distress symptoms such as you felt right after the disaster. That is not unusual, and most people are able to get through these special times and get back to feeling a bit better once the reminder or special day passes with a little help from friends and family. We also have some suggestions that might help below.