Tragic and sudden loss results in complex grief and trauma.

  • Posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP) has a special set of services for those impacted by sudden, preventable loss – suicide, homicide, traffic fatality, drug overdose.  These kinds of deaths create complex grief and trauma, in addition to the grief of having to bury a family member, deal with death as part of your job, or being a helper for people impacted by these types of incidents.

Restorative Justice approaches involve healing.  We also invite community engagement.  From working with victims and offenders in fatal traffic crashes that involve alcohol or impairment, SCVRJP developed advocacy, support and awareness to sudden death.  Executive Director Kris Miner and the group of volunteers at SCVRJP, developed Restorative Justice Circle process to address deep loss and harms.  Miner also attended training sessions to learn how these traumas impact survivors, bystanders, community members and providers.

In 2010, SCVRJP began to offer services for the region.  A Guide for Grieving Families was distributed to local law enforcement and first responders.  These guides are still available through SCVRJP.  Services also include Restorative Response Circles (at the request of your family, agency, social group) and Circles of Support, the Fall Schedule will be:

September 12 – Complex Grief & Traumatic Loss

October 10 – Making Meaning

October 24  – Coping with Incompleteness

November 7 –Dealing differently than others

November 21 –Life after Loss

Attend One or All, 6-8 pm Free of Charge.

Please contact SCVRJP (phone 715-425-1100 or  if you plan to attend.  This allows us to prepare space, refreshments and resources.

SCVRJP also provides 1:1 support, matching survivors with a trained volunteer who has experienced a similar loss and type of relationship.  Parent to parent, or spouse to spouse.  Each situation is unique and we work to provide support that is helpful, meeting the informal needs of community support.  The SCVRJP mission is to provide a culture of peace and belonging utilizing Restorative Justice Principles and Programs in our community.

Kris is also available to provide trainings, workshops or in-service sessions on the unique needs of a traumatic loss experience.  SCVRJP is a partner of the Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County.

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