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Developing Empathy and Understanding for the Trauma, Grief, and Loss of Families Impacted by Violence

Developing Empathy and Understanding for the Trauma, Grief, and Loss of Families Impacted by Violence

Description

After the cameras leave, what happens to these families? Are they connected to mental health counselors for trauma and grief support? Are they constantly being asked to retell the moment in time that changed their lives forever? Is their trauma becoming a form for entertainment or trauma porn to satisfy our need to have a behind the scenes look while forcing them to relive the horrific incident over and over again? This session will examine the aftermath of a family affected by a state sanction killing of a black man by law enforcement.

With the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, it eerily mirrored the senseless murder of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014. Eric died in the New York City borough of Staten Island, at the hands of Daniel Pantaleo, a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, put him in a prohibited chokehold while arresting him. Eric was born on September 15, 1970, and he would be 50 years old this year.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the trauma and mental health strain of families impacted by violence

  • Demonstrate empathy and awareness on how retelling traumatic incidents can retraumatize individuals

  • Understand the health and wellness impacts of trauma, grief, and loss