When we hear about or experience a tragedy of this magnitude, the brain and central nervous systems Immediately respond. They cover our emotions with a protective “blanket” we sometimes call shock. Shock allows us to try and function in our lives while trying to process the tragedy of this event. For some, shock recedes very quickly and for others, it hangs on.
We are all different and there is no right or wrong way to experience shock. As shock falls away, emotions will make their way to the surface. It is very normal to feel a “roller coaster” of emotions following the shock stage. Emotions may ebb and flow. Emotions may feel manageable one second and out of control the next.
You don’t have to be alone with your shock and emotions. Contact your AFA Alaska Airlines Employee Assistance Program (EAP) committee representative at 1-949-470-0493 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their number can also be found at www.afanet.org or through the AFA International EAP toll free help line 1-800-424-2406.