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Hotline, help tents for Thais mourning king's death

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 01:17

Counselors in Thailand are dispatched by phone and in person to help mourners overcome with grief by the death of their king. Gavino Garay reports.

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For many in Thailand, the death of their revered king is too much to bear. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI CITIZEN, SUCHINYA MAPAB (soo-JEEN-yah mah-bahb) , 64-YEAR-OLD, SAYING: "I was shocked when I heard the news. I am very sad." Thousands are still bidding him farewell. And many are overcome with grief, which has prompted government health officials to set up a tent to provide counseling. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, DR. BOONRUANG TRIRUANGWORAWAT (BOON-roong TREE-roong-woh-rah-WAHT), SAYING: "We have had 200 people who have become stressed out in the past two days. Most have stress symptoms and cannot sleep." A hotline has also been set up to help people wracked with grief. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (poo-MEE-puhn ah-DUHN-yeh-deht) died at the age of 88, after 70 years on the throne. He was the world's longest-reigning monarch. A man many saw as a father figure. His portrait often hung in homes, schools and offices. Thousands of mourners continue to pay their respects, flocking to the Grand Palace, where the king's remains will lie for months before a royal cremation.

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Hotline, help tents for Thais mourning king's death

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 01:17