Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy (Living with by Marcia E. Lattanzi-Licht, Kenneth J. Doka

By Marcia E. Lattanzi-Licht, Kenneth J. Doka

Constructed at the side of the Hospice starting place of America's tenth annual tele-conference, dwelling with Grief: dealing with Public Tragedy examines our assorted responses to public tragedy, concepts on hand to deal with those occasions, and the position of the hospice in public tragedies. The essays integrated examine components that outline a public tragedy and provide perception and suggestion to pros as they assist these dealing with loss. Case examples comprise Sherry Schachter's event at floor 0, a attention of the devastation in Florida brought on by typhoon Andrew in 1992, and the shootings at Columbine highschool in 1999.

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New York: Guilford. CHAPTER 3 Hurricane Andrew Rick Eyerdam In 1992, Hurricane Andrew killed 23 people in South Florida, about the same number who would have died over a tropical Florida summer week-end among the elderly, critically ill, accidental deaths, murder victims, and vehicle accident victims. Andrew didn’t cause great death, but it did bring to a screeching halt a half million lives. Andrew and its aftermath grabbed the residents of South Florida and spun them around. It ripped away homes and shredded lives like trees, demolishing prized possessions and permanently disrupting normal routines.

By dawn of August 21, Andrew had traveled less than 15 degrees latitude and about the same distance of longitude. Sitting HURRICANE ANDREW • 27 virtually still for several hours, the storm had conserved its energy while drawing strength from the warm ocean currents. Soon, Andrew was in motion again, organized, and showing every sign of growth to hurricane status. The State of Florida Emergency Operations Center (EOC) opened on Thursday with four staff members working on computer models. At that time Andrew seemed to be on a northby-northwest course that would probably take it into the MidAtlantic states in the next five or six days.

While prescriptions were available for physical illnesses and injuries, no mental health medications were available immediately, a situation with lasting effect: six months after the storm, the mental health centers that serve the indigent populations were out of mental health medications because they had exhausted their medication fund. Herald recalled, “You had people who got prescriptions for $60 medication, then they could not get the medication and they were decompensated. Then how did we treat them?

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