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  • Writer's pictureShirah Shulman

The possibility of healing a Holocaust trauma

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

Today marks the yearly ‘Holocaust Day’ in Israel, my home country. I come from a family of victims, both on my mother’s side as well as my father’s side. Many of my ancestors have been murdered in Eastern Europe during the war.

Today is the first time in my life that I am not feeling anguish during this Memorial Day.

I would normally cry and feel tremendous pain which has been accompanying me since childhood for the fate of my ancestors. I could feel it laying heavily in my body, in my heart.

What changed? I had the privilege of having Family Constellation sessions done for me this year, where my ancestors were represented, seen and acknowledged. I cried a lot, as much as I needed. I felt that I have been carrying a heavy load of pain and suffering all these years, carried down my ancestor line.

When I was done crying, my shoulders, mind and heart felt lighter. And then there was peace in my heart.

Today I light a candle and think of them all with love and I know that by living and doing what I am passionate about I am honoring their destiny.

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