Although you can never be fully prepared for sudden loss, the book, "The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing and Strength When Disaster Strikes," by Laurie Nadel, PhD, provides keys to emotional first aid for coping with acute stress responses and emotional aftershocks. If you are open to receiving the gifts of Humility, Patience, Empathy, Forgiveness, and Growth, "The Five Gifts" will help keep you safe when disaster strikes.
Laurie Nadel, PhD, is an expert on mental health and climate change. She has been interviewed in "The New York Times," National Public Radio, Reuters, and CNN.com. A specialist in acute stress, she is a member of a critical-incident stress-management team working with first responders. After losing her home to Hurricane Sandy, she ran long-term support groups for survivors. From 2003-05, she directed a program for teenagers whose fathers were killed in the World Trade Center attacks and wrote the script for "After the Fall: The Rise of a 9/11 Community Center," narrated by Dan Rather. FREE EVENT!