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John W. James

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The powerful images we can conjure up in our minds about things we’ve read or heard, are nothing short of terrifying. (Published 12/16/2014)


I just read your article about violent images of death. My question isn't even about someone I know. I read a story yesterday about this little 6 year old boy who got killed by falling into the wood chipper while he was helping his dad. The story said he was pulled in when he tried to throw in a branch. I am the father of 3 young children, one of them is my almost six year old son. I have been unable to shake this image of horror. I am afraid to tell anyone that I feel this way because I don't want to share this image with them. I have been crying and everything, and I don't even know the family or the child at all. How can I get past this?

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