Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk announced the Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with Camden’s faith-based community, is hosting a day of healing for victims of crime and those who have lost loved ones to homicide. The event is a rescheduling from February,
The Day of Healing & Hope offers speakers who will focus on healing through writing, art, music, spirituality and advocacy. Featured speakers include P atricia Goebel, who authored a book about her son Stephen’s killing more than 10 years ago, Madeline Ucciferri, whose son Robert was killed in Cherry Hill, and Carole McDonnell, whose daughter Maggie was killed by a driver who was sleep deprived while on the road. They will all share stories about their experiences and coping with the loss of a loved one.
Participants will be able to share their own stories in small groups that offer a therapeutic environment.
“We hope that those who attend will share their stories, learn new coping strategies to deal with grief and loss and find strength in community,” said Linda Burkett, Director of the Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Unit.
The event evolved out of the Camden Loss Support Group, which works with people who lost loved ones to Camden’s violence. The Day of Healing comes after the most deadly year in Camden’s history. Sixty-seven people were killed in 2012.
The event is being held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 27 at Camden County College Conference Center at 6th and Cooper Street in Camden. Free parking is available. To register, contact Linda Burkett at (856) 225-8431.
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