Where have all the flowers gone?


Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing.

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time ago.

Where have all the flowers gone?

Girls have picked them every one.

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

The lyrics in Pete Seeger’s anti-war song from the 60’s, guide us through the marriages of these girls to young men who would be called to war and to the graveyards that would be their fate. When will they ever learn? the song concludes plaintively.

“Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacres, I could not get this tune out of my head,” said Dr. Lloyd Sederer. “More carnage. Only this time, young children, not even young men and women, but innocents who will never come of age.”

Every parent who loses a child needs help coping. The parents of those children are in shock and very angry at the injustice of it all.” Dr. Sederer was referring to the song above when he wrote this.

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Those parents went through the first trauma and shock and not long after when that wore off, it gave way to their cruel reality. The grieving process is not only the crying period; they have cycles of sadness with an overwhelming despair and rage, leaving an unimaginable void.

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