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If you are a CADI (someone who caused accidental death or injury), or if you are trying to help a CADI, you can find support and encouragement by sharing your experience. In so doing, you also help others in need. Please join the conversation. Tell us your story, ask a question, respond to someone who...
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We all respond to the trauma of an accident differently, based on our personality, physiology, background, and circumstances of the accident. Many people experience symptoms of acute and posttraumatic stress disorder. Other mental health issues to watch out for include depression, substance abuse, and anxiety. As your body and brain attempt to adjust to the...
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In addition to PTSD, many CADIs (those who caused Accidental Death or Injury) experience a constellation of feelings and thoughts known as moral injury – the distress that comes from failing to live up to our moral standards, expectations or aspirations. Even though we did not intend harm, we no longer see ourselves as good...
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Some of us harmed others due to error, negligence, or impairment. Others were not at fault but nonetheless carry grief or guilt. Sometimes the question of fault is unclear and subject to interpretation. The Hyacinth Fellowship is open to you so long as you did not intend harm. Accountability means that we accept responsibility for...
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Compassion is vital to our recovery. Compassion helps us to manage distress and channel feelings in positive actions. We encourage you to accept support and accept compassion from a therapist, pastor, friends, family, and The Hyacinth Fellowship. Such support is strongly associated with better psychological outcomes. Of special importance is self-compassion and self-forgiveness. How would...
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We will always carry the pain of having harmed or killed another person, but we can emerge from trauma and despair with new resolve. The fourth element in our healing process is community — regaining a sense of belonging and connection to others, to ourselves, and (for those who believe) to God. It begins with...
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As we travel down the pathway to peace, many find that they have become more empathic and less judgmental. We have gained a newfound sense of connection to ourselves and others. Researchers have identified how trauma can lead to personal growth, even though you may still be struggling with PTSD symptoms. For example, Tedeschi, Park,...
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Peer support brings together people who share the experience of unintentionally killing or seriously injuring another person. It is a powerful force for coping, support, and healing. Despite the many benefits of peer support, it is not a substitute for professional behavioral health treatment, counseling, or therapy. We recommend peer support with Hyacinth Fellowship as...
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When bad things happen to us we sometimes wonder, “Am I good anymore?” or “Why did this happen to me?” These are profoundly spiritual questions. We understand spirituality to be a region of the human experience, even “a connection to that which transcends the self.” This connection might be to God, a higher power, a...
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Unintentional killing is a serious trauma that can lead to long-term mental health problems. We recommend professional psychotherapy or counseling for anyone who has unintentionally killed or seriously injured another person. Therapy does not mean you’re weak, crazy, self-indulgent, turning yourself into a victim, or whatever other reason you might be giving yourself for avoiding...
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