Remembrance Day Sorrow
It can be distressing when you or someone close to you is overcome by emotion at a Remembrance Day ceremony—but that’s no reason not to take part in services if you want to go.
“The majority of people are likely to have some emotional reaction; it’s Remembrance Day and there’s grief,” says Dr. Jitender Sareen, psychiatry professor at the University of Manitoba and a post-traumatic stress disorder specialist at Deer Lodge Centre, a veterans’ rehabilitation and long-term care facility in Winnipeg.
“If they want to go and want to participate, they should try to go,” even if it causes an emotional response, he says. Such a reaction is normal, and for most people the feeling of anxiety and sadness will pass, particularly if they talk about it with someone close. ...