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When tragedy strikes

Tragedy comes in all different forms; sometimes it’s close to home and sometimes, it’s thousands of miles away, yet we still feel its impact.¬†Vicky writes about the effect of the coverage of the Boston bombings.

paved circleThe bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday shocked the world. Word began to spread around 7pm Irish time that an incident had occurred.

As details emerged of deaths and injuries, many Irish people scrambled to find out if their loved ones in the city were safe.

Sharing the news

But it wasn’t only those with a nearest and dearest in the city that felt despair and sorrow over the event. Twitter and Facebook exploded with information – some of which was extremely graphic – and shaky details on what had happened.

No matter who you are, from what walk of life, some of the footage of the carnage of the attacks has been harrowing and disturbing.  

Graphic imagery

Ethically, this information shouldn’t be so freely available. As a journalism student, part of my training was to learn how to deal with graphic and grotesque images of war and violence because the hard truth is, you’re going to be confronted with this in your job. But even with training, it doesn’t make it any less shocking when I click a link to a picture and see a detailed image of a victim’s damaged body.

The truth is, the world’s a scary place. There are lots of dangerous people in our shared societies. While we’re still not aware of who specifically carried out this attack, no explanation will provide solace for those, all of us, who have been touched by this tragedy.

Feeling empathy

Remember being affected by a story like this – or any sad news story for that matter – doesn’t make you strange, even if it doesn’t have a direct impact on your life. Part of our humanity is the ability to feel empathy and sympathy for those in difficult situations. I imagine if you ask most people their feelings on this story, they would reflect a similar view.

Expressing your feelings

It’s OK to talk about the effect that scary world events like this can have own your own feelings. There’s nothing “weak” or “soft” about expressing them or being horrified at some of the information being broadcast. They’re not feelings that should be bottled up. Allow yourself to feel, how you feel, when you’re feeling it.

While tragedy touches our lives in different ways, it’s something we all share.

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