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Listening to the story

Sister Margaret Ryan on listening to survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires

‘When you’re listening, what you’re doing is letting the people hold what’s lost  in their arms. You listen and you let them talk about death, or about the loss of their home. You allow them to cry and you allow them to grieve. People say they’ve told their story 500 times, they’re going crazy, but they’re not. They’re holding  that thing they’ve lost until it’s the right time to let it go. When they’re ready they will give that person back to God.’                   Quoted in The Sunday Age 12.10.09

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