BY PAM RODGERS
The TV news crews have all returned home, the storm clouds have disappeared, and the water has subsided from the Highland Lakes flood on Oct. 16. But the rain and rushing water left behind a trail of physical reminders of the disaster and the lives it disrupted.
Trinity Episcopal Church of Marble Falls wants to help the community mend and is offering a program, “Recovering from Traumatic Loss after the Texas Hill Country Flood,” on Dec. 13. The flood took more than residences’ homes, watercraft, and docks; it left some feeling a loss of security and sense of stability.
“When unexpected events happen, changing our lives forever, it leaves us with unresolved feelings,” said Chali Henderson, program director of the Phoenix Center and speaker for the evening.
Henderson is a bilingual therapist who specializes in play therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and grief and loss. In addition, Henderson has advanced training in evidence-based treatments for children on the Autism Spectrum.
The presentation is Thursday in the parish hall of the church, 909 Avenue D. It begins with a meal at 5 p.m. followed by an hour-long presentation.
“We’ll talk about ways to cope after a major life-changing experience and how to navigate the new normal of our lives,” Henderson said.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so the church knows how much food to prepare. Child care and transportation are provided by the church if needed. The program, meal, child care, and transportation are offered at no cost to participants.
Information will be available on meeting with a counselor for a complimentary session at a future date for those who are interested.
Pam Rodgers is a contributing writer to DailyTrib.com and The Picayune.