Grief & Suffering

Ed Plowman, journalist

Obituary | Remembering the pastor, editor, and writer with The Right Stuff
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/22/18, 04:13 pm

The news that WORLD senior writer Ed Plowman had died at age 87 on Dec. 19 sent me looking back at 224 emails from him and 267 stories he wrote for WORLD from 1997 through early this year.

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Bittersweet early December

News | Remembering an honorable president during a gospel-focused funeral
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/13/18, 02:36 pm

“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”

When George H.W. Bush turned 19 on June 12, 1943, he had already gained his U.S. Navy commission. He almost died the following year when a Japanese flyer shot down his plane—but Bush bailed out and survived to sing along to Lee Greenwood’s signature song at the 1988 Republican convention.

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Family by tragedy

Grief & Suffering | Survivors of mass shootings support one another through grief and long-lasting trauma
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/20/18, 03:23 pm

On Nov. 7, a man stormed into the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a city 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and fired into the crowd, killing 13 people by the end of the night, including himself. Among his 12 victims was Telemachus Orfanos, a 27-year-old U.S. Navy veteran whom female patrons described to me as a “big brother” figure—the kind of gentlemanly guy who walks women to their cars late at night. Orfanos, whom everyone called “Tel,” was also a survivor of the Las Vegas massacre last year. He didn’t survive this second shooting. 

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