Local Psychologist Must Follow Own Advice After Losing Close Friend In Synagogue Shooting

Dr. Paul Friday had lunch three days a week with his friend for 25 years, who he lost in Saturday’s shooting

Robert Mangino
October 29, 2018 - 6:37 pm

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The tragedy of Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill has touched everyone in the Pittsburgh area in one way or another.

Dr. Paul Friday, Chief of Clinical Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Shady Side was affected personally by the shooting, and lost a dear friend of 25 years; who he had lunch with every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Dr. Friday tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “My friend was slaughtered by evil, the solidification of evil.  And we either give in and give up hope and belief or we say ‘no,’ this will not change Pittsburgh, this is not who we are.  We are a positive people moving forward.”

Dr. Friday added, “I could cry right now.  I’m as human as anybody else, but just because I have some tools; some ways of reframing and looking at tragedy doesn’t insolate you or me from the pain of loss, the sudden loss.”

Dr. Friday shared with listener’s way to cope with tragic loss and shared this mantra that he has been saying every day for fifty years: “Every day is a holiday.  Every meal is a feast.  I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t die yesterday.”

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Friday below.

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