A few days ago, I posted a discussion named “We Are Full Of Grief” on blogcatalog.com, the aim is let people from all over the world know that there was a deadly earthquake happened in Sichuan, China, and I hope they will say something to encourage survivors to stand and continue their lives. I have received a lot of responses till now. This proves they do care about people's lives and they are full of love. I'd like to share what they said, this is why I write this post. Now let take a look at it:
Posted by hanxiansheng • 2 days ago • Subscribe to this Discussion [RSS] • Report This Topic
Tags: china earthquake, Earthquake, sichuan earthquake
We are full of grief these days, the Sichuan province of our country encounter deadliest earthquake, and thousands of people died of it. I couldn’t help crying when I read a report from New York Times:
The bodies are everywhere. Some are zipped inside white vinyl bags and strewn on the floor. Others have been covered in a favorite blanket or dressed in new clothes. There are so many bodies that undertakers want to cremate them in groups. They are all children.
But we won’t be defeated by disaster, we will stand and fight with great courage, we will wipe away our tears and continue our lives! We are not the losers, we will be winners! So please don’t cry anymore, my people, let’s face disaster and overcome it! I believe you!
My friend here, what do you want to say to my people to courage them to continue their living?
Some people that have gone through incredible hardship have gone on to live beautiful lives inspiring others as they go through their lives. Tragedy can lead us to great compassion within ourselves.
Words of encouragement to keep going?
I should warn you, I'm half Norwegian: and I tend to blame that for my occasional bluntness.
Being alive is better than being dead. Trying to stay alive beats giving up.
China is blessed with people who are willing and able to come to the aid of others. And, who are allowed to do so. (When our daughter died just before being born, our neighbors comforted us, and provided some physical support. They were even more generous when I lost my job, a few years ago – knowing that people were willing to help was as great a support as the help itself.)
Disasters like this pass. I doubt that the pain of those who lost family members will ever go away completely. But, the survivors may have long and prosperous lives ahead of them. And, I believe that those who died would prefer that their surviving family members go on and live their lives.
I hope the courage and will to survive we all have somewhere inside will pull people through their suffering and into better days ahead.
There has been a tremendously positive response to the reporting on this disaster on “All Things Considered” on NPR ( www.npr.org ). I mention this, in order to suggest that millions of Americans think about this problem every day. Maybe that helps a tiny bit.
Yeah, I think so, thanks!
I have been praying for anyone who has been afflicted. I am saddened by the troubles of my fellow human beings.
We are thinking of you and I personally can't imagine such a horror.
I was checking today to see how much relief and aid we were giving I do believe the American Red Cross had pledged 10 million to start and China I believe has a good red cross of their own. People are donating significantly to Doctors Without Borders as well.
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208
This has been posted in most major newspapers, yes we are thinking of you and we are donating money and we will follow you and be with you through it all.
Cooper thank you for showing a little compassion… reading through this thread, I cannot believe what I am seeing… “ok”? I don't get that as a response… maybe something got mixed up during editing….
My response is, “My God, hanxiansheng, this is so horrible and also beyond me, except the information and truth are in my face.”
It seems to me the world should be organized to respond to things like this, instead of us sitting here able to do nothing except maybe send cash. Cash is great, but why can't we run our societies so maybe some of us are less rich, but we are focused on helping one another, which has proven to be the most rewarding activity available to humanity.
I have to answer to my Maker someday for what I do and don't do, including today, including in response to this unbelievable disaster. I have an answer, not claiming that it's good enough, only that it's my best. I feel it's not enough.
If there is something you think I can do to help, please tell me, and I will do my best to do it.
I guess you already said, “what would I say to the people trying to hang on.” I would say, what do you need that you are not getting? How can I help?
My heart goes out to all the mothers and fathers that have lost their children in this tragedy. May they find peace and the strength to go on.
I have donated money to help my fellows and I hope they can stand from the disaster.
I will found a fund when I have much money in 10 years.
I do hope there will be more people, especially children survived from this disaster. God bless!
hanxiansheng, I looked at pictures like these in the New York Times, and they make me cry and break my heart.
One good thing came from one of the pictures. The picture was horribly sad, a couple in hysterical grief at the loss of their child. This proved to me that people in China are exactly like people here in the way that matters to me. Previously, I had been told by a World War II veteran and family member that Chinese people did not value human life the way we do in New England, a part of the United States. Once I saw those parents, I knew they care for life every bit as much as I do, if not more.
I suspect what this gentleman was describing was long trains of people, refugees, walking past injured, sick, dying, dead, as if the poor souls were not there. I believe that kind of scene comes from circumstances, not because people don't care. It's because those people must have been forced to not care.
You are a hero, speaking out, saying to the world you care, you are doing what you can. We really do need to pull together in this world, or bad things will happen that could be avoided through international, intercontinental caring.
I pray for healing, provision, and hope for the survivors of the earthquake in China and the typhoon in Myanmar. I did a post this morning, incorporating Cooper's list of NGO's working to bring relief to the survivors. Read it here:
Indeed, we are living in amazing times.
I too pray for you and your countrymen.
You are right – you will not be defeated by disaster – you will learn great courage from it. And your lives will continue stronger. I am right with you, in more ways than one and I can feel your own strength in your words. Thank you for this post.
I pray for your people to have strength & courage. I cannot imagine the feeling of hoplessness being washed over the people being affected.
I pray people reach out and assist in any way possible
hanxiansheng, we hear! we hear the groan of anguish and fear, and we know it is going to be a long tough journey. I hope they know that we hear, that so many are trying to help in their own helpless way (sending money to red cross etc), and there is a lot of love, support and prayers being sent your way.
all the best
Hello Han! I live in New York.
It is really terrible the death toll. I can't believe that most of the deaths are kids. Maybe something good will come out of this though and they will make stronger buildings in the area.
I know a lot of money has been raised around the world. I hope everyone keeps giving more.
China will overcome it!
My heart cries out to those who have lost loved ones in this tragic natural event! I can't imagine how awful it is to lose so many people at one time. There is nothing that I can say that won't sound trivial during this sad time. My hope is to visit China some day and meet with the brave survivors! Many here in Alaska are donating whatever we can to help! And you are in our prayers!
Darkness/Grief is temporary until we remember that we are filled with light.
These few years now I have been seeing green around my heart area
and the white in my third eye area is very bright. Almost blinding bright.
We must learn to light our fires to see our way out of darkness/grief.
It's the only way out.
Speaking as a survivor of tragedy myself, it will be a long process of healing for the survivors and those associated with them. It's a very deep and painful wound right now, but healing does come. I equate it to getting wounded and then developing a scar. I have one on my arm. I can point to it and say… This is where I was hurt, and the mark is still left there, but it no longer hurts. One day the survivors will be able to look back, to remember the pain, but not to feel the whole brunt of what they are feeling now.
The loss of a child, I believe, is the worst type of pain this world can inflict, and I pray for these most of all. There really isn't anything anyone can say to make it better, and we know that. Just believe that we are with you in spirit, thinking of you and praying for your strength and healing.
Thank you for all your kindness, now I feel we are not alone, because you are with us, I believe we will overcome this grief quite soon. And I hope those people who are destroyed by the deadly earthquake, and I do hope they can feel our love and our courage to them. I pray for them, I pray they will have bright future.
My heart and prayers go out to the survivors. The pictures I am sure can not possibly portray the depth of suffering.
My oldest child was killed in an accident but I did not have to face the loss of so many others and homes and jobs at the same time. I also have two other children.
One day as I was missing my son I wondered …what if I had been given the choice of having him for 18 short years or knowing that it would end so abruptly, not having him at all? I thanked God for the time I had; for my life is richer for those years and I see my time with family and friends as a greater treasure now.
this warms my heart, thank you hanxiansheng. :-)
If you need more, or something else, please don't be bashful about saying so.
Are people getting the supplies and care you need, given the situation? Is there more we could be doing? Should I come there? I don't really have a practical means for getting there, but maybe I need to look harder…
–wrong spot, sorry.
Thanks for your kindness, and we all appreciate for that. I believe the survivors will feel warm from you if they can see your words. Thanks again!
hanxiansheng, thank you for passing this on.
I don't know if this will help, but I want to say I am extremely impressed by the way your country is handling a lot of things. I was most impressed, for example, when people were expressing anger over international protests against the Olympic torch, the Chinese government, as I understand it, urged that people channel their anger rationally. I wish my government would follow that example.
I am sure people all over China are scrambling to help fix what has been broken and damaged by this unbelievable earthquake. I am sure the people there are competent and want to do the right things.
I don't know how people feel about your government there, but I think your people deserve immense respect. That is what I am trying to say.
misterDog, thank you for your good words.
I do hope everything will be like what you said, if it is, nothing can destroy us.
By the way, welcome to China during Olympic, I am sure you will see a new China at that time.
I am very glad to see that more and more people begin to donate money to red cross to help these survivors, and I hope these money will give them bright futures. I donated another 100 Yuan to red across today, I hope it will help them.
Yesterday, I watched a live telecast on CCTV. It is sad but uplifting to see that so many people both in China and outside China cares! All under heaven indeed is one family!
It is in moments of tradgedy and heartache that we as humans find the strength and courage inside us to rise above the level of suffering that besieges us. No man suffers alone. No soul matters not to God. You have stood up for your countrymen when they could not do so themselves and I applaud you for that. May you look to God to be with you and your countrymen as you help them strive to rebuild their lives and your country.
Thank you for your good words. I just do what I should do as a citizen, I will be very happy if what I do can give them some help. God bless.
The good news is more and more people are donating money to help these victims and help them to build their homes. I wish they will live good lives soon.
I hope these good words will comfort survivors and encourage them to continue their lives. Thanks for all your help!