Many turn to grief counseling after Thomson plane crash

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Many in the community are still dealing with the grief of losing five people in the Thomson plane crash.

"I think it's just so sad that this happened to a group of such important people," said Sarah Smith. "They were important to so many people."

The grief and sorrow is still fresh, especially for Smith and others who have been attending grief meetings at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

"The plane crash in Thomson was a real tragedy for everyone involved, and I think our community, the Thomson community ... the Augusta community, is affected by that," said Dr. Rodger Murchison.

For the past 15 years, Murchison has hosted grief meetings at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, helping people through personal pain and anguish while trying to lend the community support -- but never for something so close to home.

"When the plane went down in Thompson, that crash touched all of our lives because we are a family, a community," Murchison said.

In times like these, many have found comfort in a higher power.

"We had prayers this morning at our church," he said. "And many churches have had prayer vigils. Children have held hands ... school children ... and prayed."

The community has been rocked by tragedy, with so many who never knew anyone on the plane truly feeling for their loved ones.

"It's hard to lose a family person, no matter whether they're 2 years old or 90 years old ... It's difficult to say that last goodbye," Smith said.


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