G.A.T.H.E.R. – A Trauma/Crisis Intervention Strategy

G.A.T.H.E.R. – A Trauma/Crisis Intervention Strategy                                                         © Sylane Mack, Author, Speaker, Counselor Transformed By Grace, Inc.

GATHER TOGETHER – hug, hold, sit, sob, scream – and even laugh and play together. You are alive.

AFFIRM the pain, the fear, the anger, the horror, the questions, the shock.

TALK on the level understanding of the child, teen or adult. Talk with loved ones. Talk with professional and pastoral, faith-filled support people.

HELP OTHERS – Show kindness in big and small ways to others who are also suffering with you. Helping allows us in our own weakness to affirm we are still strong and able to offer something good to others.

EXPRESS THANKFULNESS for the gift of life and for those you love and love you.

REMEMBER a new day is coming. This terrible experience will influence you in deep ways. However, the pain and fear do not have to have a controlling hold over your life. Choose life. Choose love.