Coping With An Unimaginable Loss: Resilience After Newtown

Dec 20, 2012

John Woodall is a psychiatrist whose work has taken him to Bosnia, New Orleans, Uganda, and to New York City after 9/11.

In all of these places, his work has been with people recovering from widespread trauma. His area of interest is resilience. One of the terms he uses is "suffering successfully." By some odd stroke of fate, Woodall makes his home in Newtown, Conn. His resume looks like he has spent his entire life preparing to be useful in his own hometown. I first saw Woodall on Sunday night, as he participated in the town's interfaith service as a reader from the Baha'i faith. Like everybody else, I want to talk to somebody who has a better grasp on this tragedy than I do. I asked Woodall to come to Hartford and spend this hour in a conversation with me. We all want to feel a little bit different from the way we feel today. With any luck, he'll have some ideas about that. You can join the conversation. E-mail us colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.