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YWCA discusses dealing with grief after mass shootings

Violence is plaguing communities everywhere including right here in Fort Wayne. The YWCA of Northeast Indiana feels it's a good time to discuss what's going on but most importantly how to heal from such tragedy.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 8:03 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2018 9:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- People would say you never understand it until it happens to you.

The YWCA Northeast Indiana knows that violence is something we all can't seem to get away from.

"We knew that mass violence has remained current. It's not just something that goes away and every time we get done processing one tragedy, another one seems to occur,"Jennifer Rohlf said.

This week's diversity dialogue disscussion focused on healing after incidents of mass violence.

Though there has not been a mass shooting in Fort Wayne, there are plenty of people who've lost loved ones.

"They do have a process that they go through, and we wanted to be a part of that to try to help people be prepared on how they can help someone walk along that healing process," Rohlf said.

They invited Angela Pressley, the creator of Alonna's Song.

Pressley lost her teenage daughter to a stray bullet in 2015. Now she is using her platform to help others.

"We heard about Alonna's Song the support group that's been taking place. We thought that would be a perfect fit to have her come and share her story and talk a little about how she has found healing during that process," she added.

According to Pressley, healing is possible. She said one step is making connections.

"I have mothers that reach out all the time. With Alonna's Song on social media, I have mothers all over the globe. I have mothers in Africa. I have mothers in Australia and Canada, so even if they are not here with me in my area, they still reach out," Pressley said.

Pressley and Rohlf's goal is that people walk away with new understandings and new perspectives so they can help those going through grief.

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