We respond with compassion and accompany each other in healing the harm caused by violent crime. New Healing Dialogue participants start with a carefully guided, safe, meeting of 20 to 30 people, evenly divided between family members of murder victims and family members of offenders. Leaders trained in the Healing Dialogue model teach about open-hearted listening and the value of sharing one’s personal experience.
In small groups led by skilled leaders, each person tells his or her story while the others listen.
To be heard with compassion and nonjudgment is healing; to do this with those typically viewed as the “other side” can be transformative.