“All human life has its seasons, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent: winter, after all does not last forever does it? There is summer, too, and spring, and though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, that summer, but they do, and always."
Why do folks visit this site?
Because they learn that we have specialized in violent loss and begin to trust that we will be able to not only understand what they are experiencing but can also help them.
Because they gain trust that we are not just a group of nice folks who have great compassion for them where they can just drop in and open their hearts. They learn that our work has been under development since 1995. The team of professionals are students themselves and the best teachers are their colleagues and survivors of violent death. Plans are made to pull together a cautious approach whose first task to foster resilience while healing wounds of both survivors and professionals. Many of us have had our own violent loss too.
Because they meet others with similar losses and work so they feel that they belong. They know others in the group know the kind of pain they are dealing with. They also come to not judge anyone's losses as better or worse, that everyone has great pain from such horrific loss.
Because, in addition to the training and supportive services available they can meet each other at various points in the year and help participate in conferences, activities, fundraising, and submit poems and coping tips to the newsletter, website, and Facebook pages. Contact us if you wish your contribution to be considered.
Because they want to help others and are afforded opportunities to do as a leader or volunteer.
One co-victim who lost her mother, a senior citizen, wrote this about why see volunteers her time:
This field is hopelessly overneeded and undersupplied. To the best of my knowledge and belief, ...most ... haven't a clue about the inner mayhem that murder creates, or how to deal with it. This (resource) at least has the advantage of being led my someone who has had a murder in her family and knows exactly what we are about, and went way out of her way to get the training and establish this (resource for us)."
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