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‘Journey of Hope’ provides healing

By: S. Jane Thomas
Sun Staff Writer
Warner Robins
October 11, 1994

    Families of murder victims will tell of their Journey of Hope – from violence to healing – Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
    The church will host the Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, a group of people who lost someone in their family to murder, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Parish Activity Center, 250 S. Davis Drive, room 205.  MVFR members, who now advocate the abolition of the death penalty, will talk about their losses and how they went from hating the persons responsible for their family member’s death to forgiving and reconciliation, according to Donna Hunt, spokesperson for Sacred Heart Church.
    Members of MVFR will talk about how they felt when their loved ones were killed.  Many members will describe how they came to realize that hating the perpetrator of the crime and wanting to seek revenge is harmful and destructive to themselves.  The group members have come to realize that vengeance is not the answer and seeking reconciliation with society, the act of murder and sometimes the offender, according to Hunt.
    Citizens who attend the special program will hear how families struggled to let go of their vindictive feelings and so they could begin to respond to the offender in a more humane way and deal with their grief in a healthy way.  MVFR members will tell how they were able to begin seeking compassion and concern for the persons who are responsible for their loved one’s death.  Along their Journeys of Hope toward healing and reconciliation, they were able to achieve an inner peace.
    Hunt said church leaders are encouraging residents to take this opportunity to hear how these group members have dealt with murder in their own lives and why they now oppose the death penalty.

Support group teaches healing

    A support group for survivors of murder victims will be hosting a program at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Thursday night.  The group encourages forgiving the perpetrator of the crime in order to promote healing for the victim’s family.

Sacred heart hosts special victims group

    On Oct. 13, 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church Parish Activity Center 250 S. Davis, Room 205, will host the group Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation members will describe the experience of losing a loved one through murder and their eventual recognition, unique to each one, of how hatred and a desire for revenge is deleterious and even destructive to themselves most of all.  They share their struggles to let go of their vindictive feelings to move on and up to a healthier, more humane way of responding to the offender and dealing with their grief.
    Audiences are witnesses to their triumphs as MVFR members attest to the inner peace and healing which is restored to their hearts and minds as they begin to seek compassion and concern for the persons responsible for the crimes which took away loved ones from their lives.  Many folks tell stories of forgiveness and reconciliation, all for a variety of credible and compelling reasons, articulately and vehemently oppose the death penalty.
    Church leaders urge visitors to take this opportunity to hear how people have dealt with murder in their own lives and their compelling reasons for vehemently opposing the death penalty.
    For more information call Donna Hunt at 922-6076.