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Community Corner: Forgotten Victims Grief Support Group


WELCOME BACK TO NEWS 3 TODAY. IT IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN FAMILY MEMBERS OF PEOPLE SERVING PRISON TIME FOR A CRIME. WE ARE FOCUSING ON ON A GROUP HELPING PEOPLE TO PROCESS CRIME RELATED GRIEF. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME . THIS SUPPORT GROUP HITS CLOSE TO HOME. IN FACT, THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED? YES THIS IS OUT OF MY OWN EXPERIENCE OF HAVING A SON WHO IS NOW 25 WHO IS INCARCERATED 40 YEARS FOR CAPITAL MURDER AFTER HE MURDERED HIS LITTLE SISTER, ELLA BACK IN 2007. THERE WERE SERVICES I COULD PARTAKE OF AS THE MOTHER OF A MURDER VICTIM BUT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO HELP ME EMOTIONALLY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HAVING A CHILD INCARCERATED AND I LEARNED VERY QUICKLY THAT BOTH PROCESSES ARE GRIEF, THEY WERE GRIEF. I LOST BOTH OF MY CHILDREN AND I WAS GRIEVING BOTH OF MY CHILDREN SO THAT’S WHAT THIS PROGRAM GREW OUT OF . HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT SUPPORT? I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. I THINK WE HAVE A REALLY EASY TIME AS A SOCIETY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT PEOPLE NEED SUPPORT THROUGH GRIEF BUT FOR SOME REASON, IN OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD CRIMINALS AND BY EXTENSION, THEIR FAMILIES, IT IS LIKE ONCE SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY HAS COMMITTED A CRIME, THAT PERSON NOR THE FAMILY ARE HUMAN ANYMORE. THEY ARE OSTRACIZED, STIGMATIZED. SO IT IS IMPORTANT JUST LIKE IT WOULD BE FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS EXPERIENCED ANY OTHER LOSS. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY PROGRAM OF ITS KIND HERE IN THIS AREA. IT IS PRETTY MUCH, I THINK, THE ONLY PROGRAM IN THE NATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND. WE DID OUR DUE DILIGENCE. WE DID NOT WANT TO REINVENT THE WHEEL BUT IT IS PRETTY AMAZING CONSIDERING THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA, WE OTHER HIGHEST RATE OF INCARCERATION IN THE WORLD AND ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE IN PRISON HAVE FAMILIES. I THINK I READ A STATISTIC THAT 64% OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN INCARCERATED. AND IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES, IT IS 50% OF AFRICAN- AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE SOMEBODY WHO IS INCARCERATED SO IT IS A BIG POPULATION WITH LITTLE OR FEW RESOURCES. SO YOU HAVE TEAMED UP? FULL CIRCLE GRIEF AND LOSS CENTER? YES, THROUGH HOSPICE. TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING . SO THE 8 WEEK PROGRAM IS A GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUP. ONE COMPONENT IS BEING EDUCATED ABOUT GRIEF BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES, AGAIN, WE DON’T TALK ABOUT GRIEF SO IT IS GOOD TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT GRIEF ACTUALLY IS COMPOSED OF. THAN THE OTHER GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY FOR THE PARTICIPANTS SO THEY CAN COME AND SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND FEELINGS IN A SAFE SPACE. THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD DON’T DO WHAT I DO AND WALK AROUND AND SAY YEAH, I HAVE A KID IN PRISON. YET, YOU KNOW, IT IS, THE PEOPLE THAT HAPPENS TO HAVE EMBRACED THE STIGMA THEMSELVES THAT OTHERS PUT ON THEM AND SO THIS IS A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN COME AND HAVE A COMMUNITY BECAUSE THERE IS DEFINITELY A COMMUNITY OUT THERE . LET’S GIVE FOLKS THE INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED BECAUSE THIS 8 WEEK SESSION BEGINS THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 AND RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 10 . YES . SPACE IS LIMITED SO FOR 15 PEOPLE? CORRECT BUT WE STILL HAVE FACES — SPACES AVAILABLE . AND YOU ARE ASKING FOR DONATIONS FOR THOSE TO ATTEND? YES, WE ARE ASKING FOR 15 PEOPLE, THE ENTRY FEE IS $15

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