COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As with any mass shooting, getting through the raw emotions of losing a child in such a manner can be overwhelming for families and the community.
The Pastoral Institute, a counseling service in Columbus, says the best advice to those grieving is to be surrounded by family and friends.
"What's really important is that we not force somebody through the process. It has its own natural timeline. To make people aware that whatever they're feeling is what they're feeling. But, making them feel like they're not going through this alone is the most important thing," says Thomas Waynick, director and CEO of the Pastoral Institute.
Waynick also says the big thing to know is that everyone grieves differently.
It's advised to not force children to talk. Let them address their feelings when they are ready. Waynick says otherwise, you may add to the trauma they are already experiencing.