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Traumatic Grief and a Path to Healing

Last year we again saw an upsurge of violence in our city,  where nearly 400 people died from gun violence, outranking much larger Los Angeles and New York City. These statistics don’t include the often debilitating injuries suffered by firearm victims who survive.  From 2017 to 2018 our city saw a 5 percent increase in gun-related injuries, from 2,203 victims to 2,323, according to the Philadelphia Police Department’s statistics.

This violence disproportionately affects our youngest residents.  A report released in March 2019 by Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health named homicide as the leading cause of death for black men aged 15 to 34 years. Nearly 60% of all black young men who died in our city in 2016 were victims of gun violence.

To address this crisis of violence impacting so many of us in Philadelphia, experts from across the region will come together for the workshop -  Traumatic Grief and a Path to Healing: Community Violence in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.  This event is free and open to the public. Please register online here.

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the physical and psychosocial consequences of living in neighborhoods under the constant threat of violence. “Together, we can raise our voices about the deep trauma our neighborhoods carry and explore how we manage this grief and experience healing while also addressing our gun violence crisis,” says event coordinator Meredith Wiggins from the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. 

Speakers include:

  • Katherine Streit, Training Coordinator, Uplift Center for Grieving Children
  • Carla Brown, Violence Prevention Specialist , Violence Prevention Initiative,  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Lisa Christian, Community therapist , Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
  • Malika Lovelace, Senior Youth Advocate at Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network’s Youth Violence Reduction Partnership
  • Charles G. Zimbrick-Rogers, MD, attending physician, Division of Adolescent Medicine,  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Allison Gibbs at Therapy Concierge
  • The Rev. Canon Toneh Symth, Canon for Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. There will be resource and exhibitor tables.

Anyone wanting to learn more about the impact of gun violence on our city should attend this workshop. Many resources will be on hand for residents impacted either directly or indirectly by violence and young people living with loss and grief due to exposure to violence. The workshop will also benefit professionals who work in traumatized neighborhoods: social service, school, child care, medical and mental health workers and clergy.

This event is sponsored by The Health Committee of the Schuylkill Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

To register, click this link

Last Published: October 24, 2019 9:24 PM