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Veterans of strife offer keen insights in coping

Terrorist bombings, the crackle of gunfire, and SWAT teams in backyards have introduced shocking new realities into the lives of Greater Boston residents this past week. But locals who have lived in parts of the world where the threat of bombings or random violence have been part of daily life for months at a time — Mumbai, London, Madrid, and Jerusalem, among them — have gone through this before.

From experience, they’ve learned how a community can regain a sense of normalcy after terrible violence and some of the good that can be gleaned from having endured such ordeals.

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