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Local organization holds healing conference in Fort Wayne

Grief can come in many forms, and dealing with loss of a loved one can be a challenge for most. What do you do after it happens? One local organization is providing a space for healing after tragedy.

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 9:32 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2018 10:23 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mother to Mother organizer Alice Kelsaw said she realizes there is a whole community that's hurting right now- a community that's dealing with heartache questioning where to go for comfort.

"The homicides we've had this year alone, and the journey that so many have entered into doesn't only affect the immediate family. There's the extended family. There's the aunts . There's the cousins. It's happening so often and frequently. They don't have time to really process before another one happens,"Kelsaw said.

She's created a healing conference to provide people with the help and resources they may need to get through the process.

"This grief conference is very needed because we know people don't really know how to deal with their grief. Some suppress it. Some don't feel like they need it," she added.

Yolette Ware dealt with a lot of death in the last five years.

"From my parents, my grandmother, and first cousin. This conference really helps because you'll be around people going through the same thing that you're going through," Ware said.

Not only that, she appreciates the therapy professionals who are willing to open up and be vulnerable too, because it's not always easy to do.

"They can give you different ways of how they deal with the situation. A lot of times when you're dealing with grief you feel like you're all alone, and you're by yourself ,and they make you feel so welcome to where you just have that moment to exhale. Everybody is in there with you," she added.

Kelsaw said one of the best ways to deal with grief is to surround yourself with people who are going through the same thing because as a community, we'll all need one another.

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