|In September 2001, a
number of professionals volunteered their time and expertise in
response to the emotional and traumatic suffering brought about by the
tragedy on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York.
One of these individuals, Dr. Betsee Parker, initiated a program of
emotional, psychological and spiritual support to the clinical staff
and field workers at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where the
remains of those lost were brought for identification. She was joined
by Dr. Charles Flood who founded one of the first counseling programs
in the acute care setting revolving around issues of sudden death and
traumatic loss. He has continued this work with over thirty years of
experience in direct care, training and teaching.
Both Dr. Parker and Dr. Flood continued this work at the Medical
Examiner’s Office as focus shifted to responding to the needs of the
family survivors awaiting identification of the remains. This program
continues in New York and now includes a cadre of trained professionals
who provide a primary contact with the family members. Dr. Flood
continues to supervise the program and gives direct support to family
survivors and the staff at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
When the tsunami of December 2004 occurred, it was felt that
intervention addressing the trauma of sudden death and loss should be
provided to the survivors. It was also felt that the cause of world
peace and understanding would be well served through those who helped
alleviate the suffering of September 11, 2001 responding to the
emotional and other needs of those devastated by the tsunami.
Subsequently, Dr. Charles Flood, traveled to Sri Lanka and provided
direct support to the survivors while he completed an assessment of
future needs. Another mission was undertaken by Dr. Flood with a team
of professional counselors and continues with an ongoing mission to Sri
Lanka and other sites in Asia facing the effects of tsunami,
earthquakes and other disasters.