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Steps to Healing

A Message

Healing won’t happen quickly, but it will happen. It is within your power to facilitate the process and begin your journey to a new place of happiness and peace. Here are some suggestions: • Recognize your loss. • Honor your feelings and recognize your right to feel the way you do. • Talk about your feelings to those you trust. • Connect with other survivors of violence and talk about your experience. • Don’t be afraid to seek out professional help if you are struggling. None of us can do it alone. • Recognize triggers that take you back to the memory and the fear. • Be patient and don’t make rash decisions — it takes time to figure out where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there. • Take care of yourself — try to exercise, eat right, and sleep well. • Don’t abandon hope — believe that healing can and will take place.