Murder, Grief, Healing, and Hope

January 13, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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After a murder, the people who have lost a loved one are often engulfed by feelings of guilt, shame, isolation, and anguish. The EMIR Healing Center provides concrete, practical, and compassionate support to help them heal. Its strong connection to the community gives people access to life-saving information and, in time, helps them recreate hope and a desire to live. Why are violence and murder ordinary in some communities? How can we interrupt and undo the personal and societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and suffering? How can institutionalized and internalized racism be overcome? The EMIR Healing Center also provides education about grief and trauma. In its workshops in community high schools students have revealed layers of untreated trauma. Untreated trauma perpetuates violence. The services EMIR provides help decrease violence and retaliatory murders. The community’s trust and acceptance make it possible for EMIR to assist individuals in need.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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