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Circles support those dealing with loss

Keith Rodli and Kris Miner prepare for Circle sessions as part of the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program

The St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program is offering Restorative Response Circles for those impacted by suicide, traffic death or sudden preventable death.

When someone we love dies, there is loss. Loss that is sudden and preventable has additional trauma. For people who that have experienced this kind of loss, SCVRJP is offering an opportunity for healing.

Participants are welcome and the loss could have been three months or three decades ago. Remembering loved ones and telling the story of their lives, and the impact of their death has been beneficial to past participants.

Imagine sharing your story and not having to explain your emotions. The community volunteers in Restorative Response Circles help by sharing their stories in similar experiences. This creates a path for others to share.

Past comments included the feedback that the Circles were "caring, helpful, respectful, supportive and worthwhile." Another participant shared what they liked most was "the atmosphere of comfort and non-judgment. It was easier than I thought to express intimate details."

SCVRJP has been providing Restorative Justice Circles since 2003. Circles are a structured process that typically involved individuals from different aspects of a situation. SCVRJP began using the process to address sudden loss and specifically suicide in April of 2010.

The next series of Restorative Response Circles is scheduled to begin from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and meets weekly until June 28. The session will be facilitated by SCVRJP co-founder Keith Rodli and held in River Falls.

We are inviting survivors, supporters and professionals who are impacted by suicide, traffic fatality or accidents to attend. For more information, contact Kris Miner at SCVRJP 715-425-1100.