It's really hard to know where to even begin to start healing after such an event as the shootings in Kalamazoo. An entire community is grieving, and I cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose loved ones so suddenly, and to such senseless acts of violence.

The community has come together at vigil events, which is wonderful thing. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, which offers free grief support for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, talked with Fox 17 about more ways to process the pain and cope with what happened.

Grief counselor, Lindsay Jousma, shared this advice with Fox 17:

  • Avoid being alone
  • Spend time with people you trust to express your feelings and emotions
  • Engage in activities that make you feel better, like going for a walk, drawing, journaling, or talking with a friend

Lindsay says it's possible for a community to come out stronger after such a tragedy, but it's very important to support each other in the meantime.

Gilda's Club can be contacted by calling  616-453-8300, or visiting their website.

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