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Something to Think About

NOTE: THIS IS NOT MINE. IT WAS POSTED BY A FRIEND OF MINE ON FACEBOOK AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHARE

Dear friends,

I am sure you have heard the tragic news today… it can be hard to deal with news like that, something so senseless that our minds aren’t capable of handling. I know I am personally finding it very hard and cannot describe that darkness and the pain I am feeling. I see others too walking around campus with this dark cloud over them and my heart goes out to you all. 

I can only imagine what the families are going through; I pray that they can heal from this trauma. 

As for all of you, I have a request..please don’t ask questions or talk about it as if this is some detective story. It is human nature to be inquisitive, to question what happened, ask for details; who did it? Why? Was it mental illness? A police officers son! OMG!! on and on and on….

Here is why: a bereaving relative, family member, friend may be processing all of this too. And in this time and moment I don’t thing finding out the details is all that important. In this time of mourning, gather and pray, and reflect but do not waste your time nitpicking and gossiping about the event. I feel it is disrespectful to the family and to the affected people. Let us not get carried away in this curiosity and forget that there are REAL people involved. Not suspects, not victims, but person who has died or who is dealing with all of this. I think, those people/persons do not want to hear the “news updates” right now. What matters now is comfort, genuine caring and time to process all this.

In this Facebook world we quickly post things and talk about it as if we understand when in reality we are so far removed from the situation that I don’t think everyone can comment on it. So unless you genuinely have something to say please don’t share details of the events and speculate on what happened. Stop sensationalizing the tragic story, stop owning it as if it was your own, stop it, stop it, stop it. I just…I know I personally do not care what happened right now but only want silence and some space. People stop trying to figure out the “mystery”. And what the hell would you do if you knew what happened? How does it help you? What has happened has happened so do what you need to do to process it but be mindful that a lot of emotions and real people are involved.

Sabrina Afroz

For more information see the Calgary Police Service Facebook and YouTube pages.

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