A noble flower for the community… The pain left behind must be embraced[사설]

Bereaved family members, friends, and colleagues hold candles in remembrance of the deceased police officers at the National Mall in Washington, DC on May 13, this year. About 6,000 people from all over the United States attended the candlelight commemoration ceremony held as a ‘Police Week’ event, and the names of 619 police officers who were killed while performing their duties last year were all read over an hour. Police Week, which started in 1982 as a memorial event for about 120 bereaved families, has developed into an annual event with thousands of people gathering every year. Washington DC = Reporter Jinhwan Hong [email protected]
The righteous death of ‘Uniform’ is officially remembered. 148 firefighters, including firefighters Lee Young-wook and Lee Ho-hyeon, who died while extinguishing the Seokranjeong fire in Gangneung in September 2017, and Heo Seung-min, who died while resolving damage from the strong winds in Taebaek in 2016, were buried in the cemetery of Daejeon National Cemetery.

However, there are few who understand the pain of the bereaved family that they left behind. People who mourn the absence of a loved one for a long time rather than proud of an honorable death. The Dong-A Ilbo’s hero content team put their stories into ‘Oxidation and the people left behind’. The father, who lost his son in the Seokranjeong fire, sweeps and wipes the memorial at the scene of the fire every dawn. After her husband, who had lived together for 30 years in the same fire, the wife washes her husband’s shoes every morning and writes a letter she cannot send at night. She said, ‘I hate everything in this world without you… .’

Old sorrow becomes a disease. After her husband, who was proud to be a firefighter enough to put ‘119’ in her cell phone number and vehicle number, delivered the news at a gale-damaged site, her wife decided not to cry, thinking only of her 100-day-old daughter. She couldn’t even laugh. The gossip saying, “How long has it been since her husband has been gone?” was terrifying. When she was in trouble, she looked to her mother-in-law. In her youth, she had no one to share this pain with except her mother-in-law, who lost her husband and sold her hotteok to raise her son. He refused to collapse and eventually got panic disorder.

There isn’t much left for those left behind. Every year, a memorial service for a retired firefighter is held, and the ceremony ends awkwardly with each other. The memorial service in the United States is held with various events to honor the firefighters who died for three nights and four days. When calling the names of the martyrs for the past year, even those who are not bereaved said that they ‘feel an unforgettable comfort and sympathy for the rest of their lives’. Even if it is not during the mourning period, customized meetings are held frequently to help the bereaved families recover.

In Korea, public officials and bereaved families who are willing to support the bereaved have formed a self-help group to encourage each other and reach out to the families of the new martyrs. A society indebted to its uniforms cannot allow its bereaved families to bear the grievances on their own. As much as you respect the uniform, you should also care for those left behind. So that you can live a really good life without trying to ‘pretend it’s okay’.

Source: 동아닷컴 : 동아일보 전체 뉴스 by www.donga.com.

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