Saturday, December 10, 2011

Audio excerpt: November Ever After .. Chapter 10

        In my mind, it’s always been somewhat of a mystery as to why the black students at Marshall University never talked about the plane crash and how we chose to deal with such a devastating loss. By not saying anything, perhaps we convinced ourselves that somehow, our silence was the best way for us to cope with such a horrendous experience in our young lives. Below is a snippet from a chapter of the memoir November Ever After.

       “In retrospect, I suspect that we were products of our college-day era. There were no probing discussions about how we were impacted because there was no model for us to follow. Grief counseling—as we know it today—was nonexistent back then. There was no professional counseling available for us like there was for those involved in the tragedies at Columbine High School in Colorado and Virginia Tech University. I believe that many of us selectively blocked out specifics of events associated with the plane crash. Blocking out served as a sedative of sorts to help ease the suffering.”   

       To listen to this chapter—It’s Always With You—in its entirety, click on the following link.

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