Conference Will Explore `Healing Wounds of Murder'

Conference Will Explore 'Healing Wounds of Murder'

The efforts of murder victims' families to rebuild their lives, rather than seek revenge for their loss, will be the focus of a conference, "Healing the Wounds of Murder," to be held at Boston College on June 7-10.

Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, a national organization of families who have lost members to murder and oppose the death penalty, will sponsor the event with Boston College.

At the conference, members and supporters of MVFR will join victims' advocates, legal scholars and professionals, social service providers, activists and clergy in discussing how individuals and society respond in the aftermath of murder and violence. A series of workshops will explore themes such as victim-offender mediation, restorative justice, forgiveness, spiritual and political foundations for reconciliation and the plight of family members of executed criminals.

Members of the Boston College community are welcome to attend the conference free of charge, according to conference co-organizer Suzanne Barrett, director of the Academic Development Center.

The conference World Wide Web site provides registration and other event information.

-Sean Smith


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