Going the distance

Tap into the spiritual for help dealing with tragedy

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. January 23, 2013

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

At the service for a young person who died tragically, the clergy offered a simple and powerful message: If we become mired in asking ourselves why did this happen, we become stuck in a psychological dead end.

Without some sort of belief in a higher power or force, it's difficult for us mere mortals to push on in the face of grinding and overwhelming adversity. The unexpected death of a loved one, the financial or professional setback, the loss of a dream, the loss of hope — all can be overwhelming without some sort of support and spiritual energy from forces outside of ourselves.

Does this make sense? Please weigh in since this is an issue that everyone has struggled with.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jan. 23, 2013