When One Grieves, We All Grieve.

Can our community withstand another candlelight vigil?

Gun violence in the United States results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually. The ownership and control of guns are among the most widely debated issues in the country. According to the Gun Violence Archive of 2019, there has been 40,835 shooting incidents; 10,823 deaths in total (2,247 teenagers 12-17 and 504 children 0-11) and 306 mass shootings.

Wikipedia and Gun Violence 2019 Archive

Today, I received news that another person was murdered. So, sad! It has become increasingly hard to watch the news due to the growing prevalence of gun crime. I think to myself, as the grief of our nation intensifies, will the outcry of mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons ever be heard?

Gun-related deaths and violence is leaving communities heartbroken and in mourning. A time has come for immediate action. Before more lives perish, we must galvanize policies, justice campaigns, and rallies to send the message that one person loss is a loss to the whole community. No one should have to endure the death and burial of a loved one due to a gun fatality.

I have learned that the loss does not happen in a vacuum. It permeates throughout communities, affecting people of diverse cultures, races, ages, and backgrounds.  And if we listen closely, we can hear Help Please. This is too painful to bear. When grief goes unresolved, it spreads universally and from one generation to the next. If we are to heal, grief education and awareness must be mobilized in our communities.

Grief and loss are inevitable parts of the human phenomenon which impact people in different ways, causing depression, anxiety, suicide, addiction, and destitution of hope. Help exists. I encourage everyone who has lost a loved one to utilize grief management resources, such as support groups, counseling therapy, bereavement workshops, and conferences.

Grief Management Resources:

Grief and Loss – American Counseling Association https://www.counseling.org/ The Dougy Center – Grief Resources https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/ The Wendt Center for Loss & Healing https://www.wendtcenter.org/ 2nd annual Grieving with Hope Conference Life in Christ Ministries October 12, 2019 10 am – 12 pm Facilitated by: Anitra Green, LCSW

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