Tag Archives: Spirituality

Post-Traumatic Growth is Real

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There is a darkness in the world and we have the privilege and the burden of bearing witness to it. With our profession and a continual exposure to death, pain, and cruelty, it is natural to sometimes feel traumatized ourselves. This is normal if we are healthy, compassionate beings and not psychopaths. But the feeling […]

HEED Bottles and Boot Knives

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My friend and I had lunch the other day in Key Largo.  She’s a devoted wife and mother of two little boys and lives in Miami, a city crisscrossed by canals and dotted with small man-made lakes.  As I walked to her car and watched her get in, I noticed that she carried a center […]


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  On a recent shift it seemed like 90% of the calls we ran stemmed from emotional pain.  Some patients made themselves physically sick with it while others let their pain morph into such complete destructiveness that they endangered themselves and took the life of an innocent.  In Fire and EMS we witness intense suffering […]