Guest editorial: Here's what life is like after surviving a mass shooting

[Napa Valley Register]

... makes up part of a memorial on the backyard fence of Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Von Tillow Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Cameron Park, Calif...

An USA hat hangs from a flag that makes up part of a memorial on the backyard fence of Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Von Tillow Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Cameron Park, Calif. Von Tillow, 55, was at Sunday’s concert with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and other family members when the shooting started, KCRA reported.

photo: Rich Pedroncelli.

To help these survivors, the best we can do is to offer compassion and allow them space but be present as needed. Listen thoughtfully if they want to talk about their experience and feelings. Help them with specific needs, and be patient as they process their ordeal and seek to restore order to their lives.

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