What Happens At A Meeting?
Most meetings begin with introductions and each survivor telling of their loss and updating the group on changes. New members as they are ready participate in sharing.
Often there is a topic to guide discussion, such as the grief process, the criminal justice system, favourite memories, anger, etc. Usually meetings revolve around members' own knowledge and experiences. Sometimes guest speakers are invited to present information.
Acceptance and support are important principles of group support. No one is there to judge your feelings or to persuade you to think differently. Members help each other by sharing their own experiences and insights and allowing others to do the same. No one is there to judge your loved one that has been murdered.
The Edmonton group holds monthly meetings. Social events are sometimes planned as well as our annual Candlelight Christmas Memorial Service and a summer BBQ.