The Knot

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lost For Words

This week has been a particularly tough one for some of my extended media family. One of our own was hit by a tragedy so vast that it's been difficult to know what to say.

How do you offer comfort to a person who will never again be at peace?

What can you do to let him know that there is a group of people who are hurting on his behalf?

When is it OK for those other than the closest of family and friends to touch this person in some way?

It's during the very worst of times that the best of people comes out. And I saw it first-hand this week as my EMAP family united to workshop our way forward. We've had our differences in the past, but all of that was cast aside as we clung together in the wake of the horror. It's clear that no matter where we go or what we do there will always be a group of people on whom we can rely.

We can't change the circumstances of this week that have altered the course of our former colleague's life forever. But we will be there for him should he need us.