Clergymen Help People Deal With Grief Over National Tragedy

The world continues to mourn the thousands of victims killed during Tuesday's terrorist attacks on Washington D.C. and New York. Many people are turning to their local houses of worship for solace and comfort in their time of sorrow.

On Sunday morning, many coast residents were still emotionally devastated. Father Andrew Murray of St. John Catholic Church in Gulfport says grief is often a mixture of emotions including shock, confusion and depending on the circumstances, anger.

"I think they have to recognize the anger and to recognize that in that sense there is that little bit of evil in all of us," Murray said. "To a certain extent feelings of anger because feelings I wouldn't get too worried about because feelings come [and].feelings are there but feelings also leave."

Church leaders say people handle their emotions differently. Some cry. Some become active. Some don't say anything. When dealing with grief, they say, there is no right way to feel.

"I think it's important to remember that everybody grieves differently, and it always takes a lot of time. I think they have to be true to themselves and grieve the way that feels best for them," said Father Patrick Mockler of Our Lady of Fatima in Biloxi.

Eventually, the clergymen say people will come to terms with the tragedy, but it will take time. In the meantime, they say people shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Father Murray says oftentimes people get angry at God and find it difficult to pray, but he says prayer is the only way to bring some hope, courage and peace.

By Danielle Thomas