you all know that my family was in the Moore/OKC tornado on Monday. my mom was in a school that was hit, but walked out alive and just bruised up. we lost our horses and our pasture, etc. but we have our home and my parents still have theirs.
anyway, it's all just starting to hit my mom. in fact, they found out today that one of the teachers who was hiding in the same closet as my mom lost her baby. she was 7.5 months pregnant. it was chaos after it hit, and people walked for miles trying to get home or find transportation. apparently this pregnant teacher had to do a lot of walking with her 6-year-old daughter who was with her. she mentioned that she hadn't felt the baby since the tornado, and it was confirmed today at an ultrasound that the baby was dead.
my mom is really having a hard time. my dad and brother are having a hard time. my brother has completely drawn into himself and lashes out in hurt; my dad goes between being extremely angry and hurtful to being sad and quiet. there aren't enough counseling services available right now for every person hurting from this tragic event.
I've talked to my mom a few times today on the phone, and she's just crying and crying. I know that it's a natural part of the grieving process. I've done my fair share of crying, too. I know she is not getting any consolation from my brother or dad right now, and I want to be able to help her. thankfully, my H has really been taking care of me (emotionally and physically) while I come to terms with what's going on. I want to help my mom, dad, and brother as well. I don't know that I can do much for my dad and brother right now, but I wish I just knew what to say or do to help my mom get through this.
I convinced her to get out and run to the store to pick up a few things (batteries, something for lunch). hopefully just being out of the house will help.
any words of advice? I could really use a hug right now. it's a really dark day for us.