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Circle program addresses sudden-death trauma

Facing a loved one's sudden death from homicide, suicide, traffic fatality or drug overdose often leaves survivors feeling alone and challenged to cope with the trauma.

The St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program offers free help: A six-week Survivor Circle series running March 28-May 2, and depending on size, mostly likely held at the SCVRJP center, 215 N. Second St., Suite 108.

Attendees come for each of the six weeks, meeting others impacted by "sudden, traumatic and preventable deaths."

Circle series participants take turns both listening to others and sharing their story in a safe place where participants are trained to be supportive and non-judgmental. SCVRJP asks for pre-registration so that ample space and volunteer staff can be arranged.

The next six-week Survivor Circle series following spring is planned for fall 2013.

SCVRJP started providing services in the region in 2003. Its programs address the social and emotional aspects of crime and conflict and work toward understanding and healing.

The nonprofit organization provides many different services aimed at preventing traumatic events and helping people cope with ones that have already happened.

Programs include underage-consumption and victim-impact panels, teen-driving and restorative-response circles and controlled-substance intervention.

Learn more about SCVRJP at its website:

To register for the upcoming Survivor Circle series, contact Director Kris Miner at or 715-425-1100.