Tuesday 21 Jan 2020

Workshop Aims To Help Navigate Grief During The Holidays

The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network invites the public to participate in a Navigating Grief During the Holidays workshop in Goldsboro on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The workshop will be offered at WAGES: A Community Action Agency located at 601 Royall Avenue, Goldsboro.

Martha Brown, who will co-facilitate the workshop, is all too familiar with grief both as a hospital chaplain in Goldsboro and a loved one of three murder victims. “For some of us the holidays can be a difficult time,” Brown said. “Family gatherings often highlight the absence of a loved one. Realizing a loved one is not there to join in on the family rituals can stir up various emotions.” Brown will co-facilitate the workshop.

As NCVAN Executive Director Frances Battle noted, “Homicide devastates families, friends and communities.  There is never closure.  True justice is not possible since the justice loved ones yearn for is the restoration of life.  The most we can do is embrace those who grieve, remind them that they are not alone and offer our heartfelt support.”

Governor Roy Cooper has declared Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month to be November 20-December 20, 2019.  It is especially meaningful as the holiday season focuses on friends, family and community.  For those who have had loved ones taken by an act of violence, holidays are especially difficult and provide an opportunity for the community to support those who are suffering.  NCVAN hopes to remind those who have lost loved ones to violence are not alone in their grief and that their loved ones have not been forgotten.

NCVAN’s holiday grief workshop is designed with the unique needs of loved ones of murder victims in mind. At the same time, the workshop can be helpful to anyone grieving during the holidays and to those who want to help others who are grieving. NCVAN will also offer this workshop by video online.

Longer term, NCVAN is also exploring the need for an ongoing support group for loved ones of homicide victims in the Goldsboro area.

“For those of us who are loved ones of homicide victims, having a safe non-judgmental space to acknowledge our grief is important to our ongoing healing,” Brown added.

In addition to grief workshops, NCVAN will host a Candelight Vigil on the State Capital Grounds on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to remember victims and raise awareness of the needs of surviving loved ones.

NCVAN is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to developing programs and services to support loved ones of homicide victims, including court accompaniment, advocacy, support groups and other forms of ongoing emotional, financial and practical assistance.

For more information about the workshop or other services that NCVAN provides, call 919.831.2857 or visit our website at http://www.nc-van.org/.


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