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Sutherland Springs: Grief And Healing One Year After Tragedy

Joey Palacios/Texas Public Radio

One year later, a small Texas town continues to recover from a mass church shooting with messages of hope. What is the long-term impact of tragedy? Trauma experts speak about grief on "The Source" at noon Monday.

A Sunday morning service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas became a scene of sudden loss and pain on November 5, 2017.

About 30 miles east of San Antonio, the small rural community lost family members and friends when a shooter attacked the church, killed 26 people and injured 20 others, including children.

What do survivors go through after a tragedy and what can secondhand grief look like? Is there a risk of re-traumatization?

How have a series of shootings following Sutherland Springs – including the recent attack on a synagogue in Pittsburg – affected Wilson County residents and communities across Texas? 


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Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.