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Sycamore Tree Project® from a Victim’s Perspective

Recently, Martin Howard, Sycamore Tree Project® (STP) facilitator in Australia, and Ross Thompson, a victim participant, spoke about their experience in an 18 minute radio interview. Ross spoke of the impact of losing his son in a brutal murder.

In the interview, Ross explained that one of his reasons for participating in STP was to honour his son’s life. His goal was to explain the trauma that his son’s death caused in the rest of the family including the death of a second son.

Ross went on to explain that he works with a support group for people who had lost family members to violent crime. When first approached about STP, he was interested in the programme. He felt it was important to be able to tell his story and explain how the trauma rippled throughout his family. According to Ross, the act of telling his story offered a process of inner healing.

Listen to the interview online.

March 2012

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