DR. CELESTE CATANIA-OPRIS, PH.D., LMFT
It has been heard and felt around the world. The horrific tragedy which took place on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On a day which should have represented love—pain was felt instead.
As a parent, you could not imagine how those who lost their children that day must feel. In fact, there aren’t really words for that kind of pain. We all try to make sense of it and question why it happened, but no answer is will ever be good enough.
For those of you who were there that day, every day since must be undoubtedly hard; some days unbearable. Simply passing by the school or re-entering it must cause thoughts and emotions too heavy to explain. Coping may be something you are still trying to figure out. As cliché as it may sound, talking about it can help. Whether it be with a friend, family member, or even a professional, letting out your thoughts, fears, and concerns may prove to be beneficial. It may be now or a year from now, but the path to healing is personal and uniquely yours, so go at your own pace and comfort level.
We all now look at schools differently. A place once considered a safe haven for children is being redefined. The anxiety and fear felt by so many is real. Parents all over the nation fear for their children’s safety. People question when the last time will really be the last time. When will change finally happen?
The answer is now. From billboards, to every news station, to the White House, voices are being heard. A movement is taking place, because the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School bravely took a stand. The community, as a whole, came together creating unity. Funds have been raised for children’s medical bills, for school safety, and for students to march in Washington, D.C.
Change is coming; change is happening. Children are literally marching for their lives because they understand that their lives are worth so much. Their bravery is unarguably mesmerizing and rare. Due to their actions, more children will be protected. Thank you to all of you beautiful souls out there.
Soar high Eagles. Continue to be the wings for us all. We are here for you and our community will continue to be strong. #MSDStrong #ParklandStrong
Celeste Catania-Opris, Ph.D., LMFT, offers therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families. Visit www.TherapyForModernHousewives.com.