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January 13th 2015:Murder, Grief, Healing, and Hope

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?

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Victoria Greene

Victoria Greene is a mother who loved and lost her only son, Emir Peter Greene, murdered by a member of the family's community. In life, Emir was a good son, a protective brother, and a loving uncle. Ms. Greene's loss and journey through healing became the foundation for the EMIR Healing Center, which provides concrete, practical, and compassionate support to others who need to recover from violence, trauma, and loss. In this and other ways the EMIR Healing Center works to change individual and societal attitudes that perpetuate cycles of violence.
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