RiverPlace counselor gives advice on coping with trauma and grief

LEWISTON, ID - It's without a doubt, been a tragic and scary week for America.

The bombings at the Boston Marathon followed by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas and finally the manhunt for the bombing suspects in Massachusetts has left many shaken.

Grief, fear, anxiety, anger. There are a wide variety of emotions we feel when tragedy strikes. Counselor Nina Woods of RiverPlace Counseling and Wellness in Lewiston said it's events manifested by human kind that strikes the closest to home.

"They tend to have a more traumatic effect because when we're coming from a place apart of the human community it's a loss for all of us," said Woods.

The internet and television has changed the way information is delivered to us and Woods said it's important to turn the TV off and keep an open perspective.

"We seek to understand what happened and why did it happen." said Woods. "And that's all part of the grief process."

Woods said staying positive is key to find healing and calm.

"Just remember with everyone of these, there are good people out there who are working towards safety," said Woods.

As for children, Woods said to limit time watching the TV to avoid graphic images and ask them how they are feeling about the situation.

"They are pretty open," said Woods. "Kids will tell you and it may even help you because kids are so resilient."

Woods said it's times like these that neighbors, community and family can make a world of difference.

"Don't be afraid to talk about things," said Woods. "Others are suffering as well and there's something about community that can really help all of us."

Woods said if fear and anxiety is affecting your ability to live your life seeking a mental health professional for help is important.