NWR Newsletter 2017 V5_Newsletter 16OCT17 - Page 5

JUNE 2017 Topic: Have we become an emotionally crippled society? What happened to resilience and getting on with the job? Aspects of the impact of social media on bereavement were discussed particularly the apparent ease with which some people on the peripheral of others lives are able to make inappropriate and untimely comments relating to sickness and death. The subject of memorial sites with floral tributes brought up the general feeling that this enabled people to be connected and empathize in a way they might not otherwise be able to do. Good example of this was Lady Diana’s passing. Her untimely death was in fact when floral tributes were reinstated as the norm apparently having their origin in the 19th century when such public outpourings of sympathy and grief were common place. Much was discussed with many aspects involving resilience but the general consensus was that we are not less resilient perhaps we simply have a different way of going about our daily challenges. 3