Archive for the 'Forensic' Category

Aug 17 2009

A Witness to Healing

Published by under Forensic,Twelve Steps

Have you ever loved someone… someone who was arrested or spent time in a jail o a prison?

This is becoming more common today and yet most of us are unprepared for this challenge in life.  The experience itself can feel like a death as the grieving process begins.

Grief includes anger, guilt and denial. But this grief is one with few support systems in place. There are no rituals to mark the passage of a dream, no circle of people who understand and are available to carry you forward. Instead this grief is surrounded by shame and forces many people into isolation and depression.

This guilt and fear can destroy your life as you watch the life of one you love crumble. Don’t let it! Join us on August 26, 2009 at 6:30pm to hear the story of  Travis Vining. 

He will share his experiences with his father who is currently on Florida’s death row. You may be surprised by his story and you will definitely be moved towards your own healing by his words.

For more information or to save a seat, call 407-415-3661 or email



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Jun 09 2009

Trauma and the Legal System

Published by under Forensic

Trauma is not commonly associated with the legal system…unless you have personally been through the process of  arrest and incarceration. Or you have had the experience of watching a loved one or family member move through the system.

The pain of  the  family is difficult to express in words. Usually when asked about the experience, family members become quiet, wordless or tearful. Anger is also a common reaction.

These are also symptoms of trauma. Powerless is the feeling that is often shared quietly. Families frequently find it difficult to share with anyone the pain they feel…others may not understand and they may be met with the anger  about the crime their relative committed.

Does this fit for you or someone you know?

These concerns (and others) are the topic of discussion planned for

June 20,2009@8:45am at Mary Magdelene church in the Orlando area.

For more information about this group for families of inmates contact

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