The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Finding a new normal

Disaster expert reflects on grief, loss

I just want to feel normal again, we cry.

Because of Sept. 11, we won't be normal again, says Gil Furst, director for ELCA Domestic Disaster Response. "But we'll find a new normal and live in that new normalcy."

Accepting a new normal is the last in a series of four ways that people respond to a disaster-whether natural or caused by humans. Furst realizes other experts offer different stages of grief and loss, but he relates these four based on years of experience with disaster survivors.

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