Sutherland Springs church, counseling center help community grieve

A church and a counseling center in Sutherland Springs are helping the community grieve following the mass shooting.

It’s been two weeks since the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs that left 26 people dead. While we’ve seen vigil after vigil, funeral after funeral, the grieving process is far from over.

That’s why another Sutherland Springs church, as well as a counseling center, are stepping up in a big way.

“We may think that we're big, we may think that we're tough, but there's still a grieving process that each one of us has to handle. And we have to deal with it in our own kind of way, but it also helps talking with somebody and speaking with it,” said Paul Buford, the senior pastor at River Oaks Church, just down the street from First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

The tragedy has haunted the nation, and the Wilson County community even more so.

“What about that person that's hiding out, that hasn't come out because of the community. We want them to know you are not alone, this is not unusual, everybody is going through this and we will go through this with you and be here for you,” said Martha Buford, Paul’s wife.

And that’s exactly what River Oaks Church has done and will continue to do now in partnership with The Ecumenical Center, providing counseling, especially to those who might not think about seeking help.

“Reach out for help. If it’s causing sleeplessness, if it’s causing despair or lack of hope, reach out for some assistance,” Martha said.

And the timing of these services is equally critical with the holidays approaching, dealing with grief can be even more difficult during what should be a joyful time of the year.

For more information, you can call the church directly at 830-928-7622 or visit the website ECRH.org.

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