Lance Scranton: It hurts
It’s not easy to write about things that most of us don’t want to talk about, don’t know how to explain or just don’t understand. This week began with tragic events that have shaken me to the core and sent my thoughts reeling in multiple directions. I’m hurt, bewildered, deeply saddened and I reach deeply into my faith to try and answer the toughest of questions when people are taken from our community under such excruciating circumstances.
Honestly, I don’t always get the answers I want, but I do get answers and they are based around something that has stuck with me throughout my walk in this messy world. Sometimes life just gets overwhelming and although we try to keep up appearances, it just hurts and we feel like there isn’t going to be light at the end of a really dark tunnel.
But we get through the toughest of times by having people around us who aren’t afraid to reach out and come beside us and cry with us and hurt with us — not because they have answers, but just because they care and want to honor the families who will feel the agony of a loss forever. There aren’t any answers for their pain except to sit and listen and grieve for their loss. In a world that prides itself on having answers, suicide hurts the most and just makes us feel helpless.
Nothing anyone can say will ever ease the pain or take away the bewilderment of having to say goodbye to someone too soon. We have so many people who care and work amazingly well with people and families who are affected by suicide, and I appreciate all that they do, but it doesn’t ease the pain that we feel. Every time something like this happens in our community, I ask myself what I could have done — and the answer is always the same:
How do I treat people each and every day? When tragedy strikes without warning, a community should wrap their arms around those affected and offer as much as humanly possible to help in any way they can. It shows what a community should always be about.
But it still hurts.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error regarding which local agency has been assigned to the fire