Las Vegas Shooting on October 1, 2017
The glamorous night of a city filled with entertainment, gambling and tantalizing desires suddenly turned to despair. It happened at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas when a gunman fired shots during a concert. He killed 59 people and injured approximately 500 on October 1, 2017. This recorded incident is the largest mass shooting in history.
No Explanation for the Las Vegas Shooting
At this time no one has any explanation as to why 64 year-old Stephen Paddock committed such a horrendous act of violence on others and then shot himself. We may or may not ever know the reason. This unconscionable act has caused tremendous grief for many. It not only affects those who have lost loved ones it affects all of us because we live in a world where this can happen to anyone one of us at anytime.
The random acts of violence can often create fear in you. They can make you afraid to go to public places or travel or they cause you to live in a state of conscious anxiety. Fear makes you a victim. This is not the answer. You must not let it take away your power. You can let it strengthen you and make you become more of aware of your surroundings. We all experience grief in different ways. You experience it on a different level if you are directly affected by a tragic event as opposed to indirectly.
Grief Changes You
If you are reading this and are personally affected by what happened in Las Vegas I am very sorry for the pain you are experiencing. This event has changed your life and now you are on a new journey. It’s one of recovery. It’s a life long journey because you never “get over” such tragedy. But you can learn to integrate the pain into your life as I have learned after the suicide of my husband in 2005. You can be a survivor, not a victim.
In conclusion, the most important thing is to seek help. Then next step is begin to process your grief.
My thoughts and prayers are with all who are grieving.
Love and Light,
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