THE Samaritans have urged people affected by the Inishowen crash tragedy to seek help to deal with the emotional aftermath.
Suzanne Costello, the organisation’s national director, said the tragedy touched not only those directly bereaved by it but many others in the community as well as people further afield for whom it was bringing up painful memories of their own loss.
“Something like this can have an absolutely devastating effect for the county and the wider country,” she said. “People have to really think about the importance of talking about their feelings and articulating what they are feeling at his time.”
Ms Costello said the rituals of wakes and funerals and the sense of communal sorrow could be very supportive in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy like this but the real issue lay in the lonelier days later on.
“The grief doesn’t end with the funerals. The trauma continues and naturally as people return to their lives and their work, it can be very, very difficult for people to maintain the type of support that is necessary.”
She said young people in particular were vulnerable as for most of them, it would be their first time experiencing or witnessing extreme grief.
“It’s important for older people to guide the younger ones through the experience and that younger people are encouraged not to bottle up their feelings and not to isolate themselves.”
* The Samaritans offer a listening service 24 hours a day countrywide on 1850 609090 as well as a local office in Donegal which can be contacted on 074-9120999.
*The Health Service Executive is also running an information helpline to put people in touch with support services in Donegal and across the country. It can be contacted on 087-2798412.
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