I am a member of Japanese Choral Society of Washington. We will have a benefit concert on April 23rd to support victims of the earthquake in Japan.
Just after the earthquake, some members of our chorus group said it was too difficult for them to sing because they felt guilty (a kind of survivor's guilt....). Others said we should do whatever we could. Some, including me, have their families in the Tohoku district of Japan.
During the discussion, I found a website describing how Americans had coped with a huge stress after September 11.
I can learn a lot from this website. I am initiating several of the recommendations : e.g. talking with others, and doing something to help. In a sense, the benefit concert I am working on is just what I have learned from Americans here in the U.S.A.
One more thing. Currently in the US, it may be difficult to find an opportunity to donate directly to Japan while getting a tax deduction from the IRS. At the concert, we will be accepting donations to the JCAW Foundation, a charitable organization (501(C)3) established by the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C. The JCAW Foundation will send 100% donations directly to Japan Red Cross.
I do hope you will be able to attend. I will sing my very best!