The Button Law Firm September 2017

Generous People Give Thanks to Manchester Heroes A FRESH START

On May 22, 2017, a bomb was detonated in Manchester Arena’s foyer as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. The blast killed 22, injured 116, and incited mass panic. In the midst of the confusion, Chris Parker and Stephen Jones, two homeless men in the area, immediately ran to aid some of the victims. Parker wrapped a T-shirt around a girl who had lost both of her legs and cradled a dying woman in his arms. Meanwhile, after hearing the explosion, Jones began helping by pulling nails from victims’ bodies. After Parker’s actions became known, an online fundraising page was set up to give thanks to the local hero. By the Wednesday after the attack, donors had contributed nearly $40,000. After hearing of Jones’ actions, West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan reached out to the public to announce his desire to make Jones a “life-changing” offer and to help him “get back on his feet.” Sullivan told BBC Radio 5 Live he wanted to help Jones by paying for his accommodations for six months and giving him some money to help him turn his life around.

Both men are being praised as heroes for their actions and quick thinking at Manchester Arena, and hopes are high that the men will be given a fresh start to pursue more financially secure futures.

grief. Not everyone will want to be in a support group, however, and that’s okay too. There’s a lot of information out there about the “stages” of grief, which describe generally the reactions we have to loss as we process what has happened. First we are shocked, then we feel guilty for what has happened. Next we become angry, followed by deep depression. Finally, our emotions turn upward, and we reconstruct our lives as we accept what has happened. As hard as losing someone is, finding the courage to seek help can be even harder. Everyone grieves differently, and nobody out there is “strong enough” to avoid grief. Whether you need to speak to a group or an individual counselor, or a combination of the two, we’d love to put you in touch with someone who can help. Please get in touch with us by phone or by email or through our website. I’m not about to tell you that it will get better immediately, but I will tell you that we can help. Working Through Grief One Day at a Time YOU AREN’T ALONE

Few things are as intensely personal or as misunderstood as the grieving process. Not only can our reactions vary wildly minute by minute, but they can vary wildly from person to person as well. During these times, it’s important to know that you’re not alone, that there are no “wrong” ways to feel, and that help is available. We strongly encourage anyone suffering from the death of a loved one to seek out grief counseling in group sessions or one-on-one with licensed counselors. Support groups can be valuable, especially if you’re not comfortable speaking with a medical professional, and they often provide a wide variety of resources as you work through your

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