Saturday, October 22, 2011

WEAVING THROUGH WALLS-THE HEALING FROM LOSS


THIS IS THE FIRST OF AT LEAST 8 POSTS
Along with myself, a small group has started discussing an Art Show//Seminar event in early December to benefit both Brittany's Bridge and the CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours. Not only do we want all forms of art from survivors of violence/murder/crimes and anyone else who has a compassion towards lessening the suffering from such crimes, but we will also be having presentations on issues surrounding the occurrence of violence, especially towards women.
We are looking for donated art or art that the artist is willing to give 50% of sale to the event. People have already talked to us about paintings, sketches, sculpture, found art, poems surrounded by art.
There will be more notices regarding the event but this is an initial request for art. Funds raised by this event will be focused on providing support for materials and travel for Brittany's Bridge. Still in its infancy, Brittany's Bridge evolved from my own personal experience both as a survivor and talking to thousands of families who have survived homicides and abductions of family members. This intervention type of organization is designed to both help survivor families and friends navigate the unfamiliar path of a homicide and/or abduction investigation, whether short or long term and to also train 1st responders to the events of homicides and abductions as to what (even when done out of kindness)can do harm to these surviving members.

Most know the CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours(visit brittanyphillipsmurder.net) Read on this blog about the CARAVAN tours. 8 have been completed. Each time they have been done on my own funds; 2nd loan on a car, saving pennies! but each time I return home it cuts into my paychecks for the next 2-3 months. We haven't solved her murder and all states need to change to DNA at arrest so I can't stop. Hopefully money raised from this event can help fund more CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours. I have done this mostly on my own for 4 years and I can't find funds to do again in March at this point.

I will, hopefully with some others, present on a few topics such as "why victims respond in different ways", "Will my traumatic experience always haunt me" and any other issues requested here. Along with being a mother of a homicide victim, I am a traum survivot myself and have been a trauma therapist for about 30 years.
WE ALSO ARE LOOKING FOR A VENUE FOR THE ART SHOW--I.E. A BUILDING