long ago, a young man who was verymuch a part of PBMR was shot andkilled just down the block from us.
The impact was powerful, devastating, to the young people, his family, and also for us on the staff. Youcould see on people’s faces the painof losing Brandon, who had been somuch a part of our lives. We held afuneral. We sat in circles and talkedabout Brandon, but the sting ofhis death, even months later, stillremains. The trauma of his deathremains for all of us.
Brandon’s death shows thatviolence is not a singular act, butrather it is a trauma that continuesto haunt us as we strive to moveon with our lives. The core of whowe are is our relationships withone another and our relationshipwith God, but trauma and violencecut at that very core. Experts pointout that traumatic acts—violence,divorce, losing a job—cause us toquestion our own basic worth inrelationships. They damage our family relationship and our community.
Often after losing a child to violence, a family begins to deteriorate.
Divorce rates go sky high. Thus, thetraumatic event is a singular event,but the scars can last for years, especially if they remain untreated.
Our stories as part
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A crucial way to heal is throughstorytelling because it allows usto knit our lives back together. Itwill never be the life from before. A
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