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Colorado Wildfire Victims: New Book Offers Hope
The devastating loss is just beginning for the thousands of people.
"There are more natural disasters with more severe consequences. Thousands of people have their lives upended and their homes destroyed every year," says Dr. Noelle Nelson, psychologist and author of Phoenix Rising - Surviving Catastrophic Loss: Fires, Floods, Hurricanes and Tornadoes, Amazon. The book takes a look at what to expect in the days, months and years after experiencing a devastating natural disaster and how to gain the strength to move forward.
"The loss is overwhelming. You're literally left with nothing, often with only the clothes on your back," says Nelson, who lost her home in the 2018 Woolsey Fire in southern California. "Your actions in the days, weeks and months following a loss will have a big influence on how you will live the rest of your life."
Nelson offers these suggestions:
"Losing your home is not something you signed up for, but you don't have a choice; you have to start over," says Nelson. "The healing and recovery process will take time and be filled with all sorts of frustrations, but know that you have the opportunity to begin a new chapter in your life that can be just as rich and fulfilling."
Phoenix Rising (https://www.amazon.com/