Self-conscious while grieving takes 3x energy. Saturday's massacre is a raw, traumatic event they can't see past. They don't have to. Adding the element of press cameras, 24/7 television/newspaper/internet coverage, interviews, etc. doesn't help matters, however necessary it may be. (Donate or Sign/Send your Tucson Tragedy Tribute).
Homicide Survivors Inc., Tucson non-profit group of 3 employees assisting with this tragedy and other Tucson homicides, has over 900 Tucson homicide case files. At least 40% of them remain unsolved. Pima County Sheriff Dupnic should move faster on those cases. HSI works direct with Pima County Victim Services. They pick up the slack where the County cannot tread (court advocacy, matching needs to services, counseling, follow-up, etc.). Please click here to find out more about HSI & donate DIRECT to the survivors & victims of the Tucson Tragedy.
Tucson's crime rate is high - illegal immigration, drugs, violence, etc. For a small town, crime appears disproportionate. UMC, the Medical Center where Giffords & 4 other victims remain to recover, receives countless emergencies involving Border Patrol or illegal immigrants. Speaking with one UMC security guard, he said most of the patients are illegal immigrants or BP agents injured on the job.
Talked with a few locals who've expressed their grief. They're unable to concentrate at their job, lack energy, focus, wish they could help but don't know how or have the time. Grief affects us all differently. The shock of this incident multiplies the effects, which will wear off in time. Plenty of time for these citizens to give back and take back their town. They're already doing it - up to 7 events scheduled over next 2 days for locals to participate & share their grief (details here). One of the best ways to process grief is by talking about the event or feelings, expressing it. Kudos to Tucsonans for standing strong together & doing that. Express your feelings or condolences to the Tucsonans here.
I'm here for several reasons. Bringing the healing energies of Sedona to this town mainly - helping crime victims & first-responders, the locals. Feel strongly connected to the victims & survivors of this tragedy. I've walked in their shoes. Gabrielle Giffords' husband shares same name as my murdered brother - Mark Kelley. The Houston-Tucson connection is strong here - her husband Mark Kelly is an astronaut who commutes from Houston's NASA to Tucson. Since arriving in Tucson, many other symbols of solidarity exist as well. Yesterday, I saw Houston newsreporter Tom Koch at Gabby's makeshift memorial. See several cars with Texas plates.
As a former Homicide survivor advocate through Houston's Victim Assistance Centre, I'm experienced in assisting and familiar with these victims' & survivors' long ensuing battle to come - with grief, daily life, justice system, etc. After the FBI & press pull out of town, the commotion has died off, these families will really need help. Grief is a process - taking years or decades. There's no time limit. Your donation of money or positive energy, gift of prayer will go a long way.