Peer support is the core of The Hyacinth Fellowship. When we are in the grip of trauma and moral injury, it can be helpful to talk with someone who has been through a similar experience. 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. It is not, however, a substitute for professional counseling or psychotherapy. We recommend peer support with The Hyacinth Fellowship as an adjunct to therapy.
The Hyacinth Fellowship offers 3 forms of peer support:
The overall goal of fellowship is to offer a safe space where we can share our stories, learn about trauma and moral injury, and discuss the journey back to peace. Fellowship meetings are organized around a different theme each month, with a mixture of guest speakers and small group discussion. Examples of past themes include PTSD, moral injury, spirituality, self-compassion, EMDR, and transforming pain to purpose. If you would like to join us, make sure to sign up for our mailing list. There is no cost to participate. For our schedule and guidelines, click here.
Expressive writing is a well-researched method for healing from trauma. By writing down what we are experiencing, we can see ourselves more clearly, which helps us be less reactive. You can do expressive writing on your own but writing in a group has special benefits. Our Expressive Writing meetings use a topic or prompt to help us get started. We don’t have to share what we write, but we can. If you would like to join us, make sure to sign up for our mailing list. There is no cost to participate. For our schedule and guidelines, click here.
Peer supporters are individuals who have unintentionally killed or seriously injured someone and are willing to share their insights and lessons learned. The relationship between peers allows both parties to reflect, learn, and grow. These relationships are not a substitute for professional psychotherapy, and they are not overseen or supervised by The Hyacinth Fellowship. Both peers, together, share responsibility to forge a relationship that is helpful, balanced, and supportive. For more information and to sign up, click here.