Talk­ing does help ease the pain

The Gympie Times - - NEWS | OPINION - FRANCES KLEIN frances.klein@gympi­

THE world is filled with hor­ri­ble head­lines.

Yes­ter­day, The Gympie

Times had to re­port on the hor­rific fa­tal ma­chin­ery in­ci­dent at Goom­boo­rian, and to­day we iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as a 54-year-old man from Bund­aberg.

It is any­one’s guess as to how this will truly af­fect the two men who tried to save their friend, or the woman whose prop­erty was be­ing worked on at the time or the fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tim, who would have re­ceived the news in the worst pos­si­ble de­tail.

But the ef­fect is sure to be im­mea­sur­able.

Emer­gency work­ers found the scene highly con­fronting and at­tend­ing po­lice of­fi­cers have been of­fered coun­selling.

But what is prob­a­bly not taken into ac­count is the ef­fect the de­tails of a story like this has on Gympie peo­ple.

The Gympie com­mu­nity was talk­ing about it.

Peo­ple could be heard dis­cussing the news in Gympie su­per­mar­kets, at lo­cal sports matches and over the wa­ter cooler at work.

It was not in poor taste. It was be­cause peo­ple need to talk when some­thing shocks them.

It is how peo­ple make sense of what has hap­pened and a way we can mu­tu­ally sup­port each other.

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