Talking does help ease the pain
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.