Michael: All experiences on the physical plane stimulate growth and education. The more experiences you have, the greater the wisdom you can gather. Some experiences, however, are so huge and primal that they affect you at every level of being: emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Such an experience can leave you gasping and lost in a vast sea of stimuli.
When you experience such a shattering event, it is important to recognize that whatever has happened you are still here. Still alive and standing to recognize the results and ramifications. It may take some time to gather your wits around you and make sense of what has occurred; but inevitably you will. And your wisdom and compassion for others will grow in leaps and bounds.