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Together we heal: moving through unquantifiable loss

HUMAN beings are hard-wired to connect with each other; from mirror neurons to attachment theories, we have enough scientific evidence and empirical experience to confirm this fact. Challenges to one’s acceptance, security or connection are perceived as threats by the human brain. Tragedies and disasters, like what recently happened in Qiqihar, trigger profound emotions due to the nature of their unquantifiable loss.

However, these moments also present opportunities for us to come together, bonding as a cohesive society. Sometimes, only by moving through the unquantifiable loss together can we truly help the families who have lost their loved ones. For those of us fortunate enough to live another day with our loved ones still by our side, collective support can help us find closure without the emotional burden of helplessness and guilt. As the old saying goes, “all for one, one for all.”

Eason Yi Shang

Licensed psychotherapist in China
and Canadian Certified Counsellor

Supervisor for graduate interns in
mental health at Beijing Normal
University (Zhuhai Campus)


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