The rescue of 33 minors in Chile dramatizes some lessons about positive transitions as a Healthy Survivor, such as after a risky surgery or after completing therapy for a life-threatening condition.
- leaving a routine that has helped life feel normal under abnormal circumstances
- having to redefine your roles at home, at work and in the various communities of your life
- the presence of unpleasant feelings in the midst of a much-anticipated and much-desired transition, feelings such as sadness, guilt and anger
- confusion about what to do, think, say or feel
- surfacing of unpleasant thoughts that you repressed during the crisis, such as disappointment in how some people responded to your crisis
According to the media, the experts caring for the minors have been using the knowledge-hope-action approach to guiding and supporting the minors through this transition. The experts are:
- providing information about what to expect physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially
- encouraging hope for a return to a sense of normal with their families, friends and communities
- guiding and supporting actions that will help them through this transition, including medical attention, hugs and kisses, attention to diet and sleep
Sending wishes to all the miners and their rescuers for a smooth and complete recovery. With their intimate knowledge of both the risks and the hopes of life, may they use this knowledge to live most fully.