THE MISSOURI EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FUNERAL RESPONSE TEAM IN COOPERATION WITH THE MISSOURI FIRE FUNERAL ASSISTANT TEAM AND THE SWEENEY ALLIANCE IS PROUD TO PRESENT
GRIEVING BEHIND THE BADGE
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS TRAINING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROFESSIONALS, THEIR FAMILIES, PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATORS AND OFFICERS, FUNERAL TEAMS, SUPPORT TEAMS, CISD TEAM MEMBERS, DEPARTMENT CHAPLAINS
Friday and Saturday October 16 & 17, 2015
Instructor for this program is Peggy Sweeney from Kerrville, Texas. She is the founder and President of the Sweeney Alliance. Since 1997 she has taught the Grieving Behind the Badge program for firefighters / EMS, police, dispatchers, department chaplains, administrators, and many more. Peggy is the author of award winning articles dealing with job related stress and grief in emergency services and public safety. Her program will cover, but not limited to, understanding grief and helping others who grieve including parents, children, and Line of Duty survivors. Make your plans to attend this very informative program. CEU’s have been approved by the Missouri BEMS and provided by Survival Flight.
I started my career in mental health in 1979. I had graduated with a shiny fresh degree in psychology, though I had more hours in studio art and art history than in psychology. Unfortunately, my interest in art was limited by my lack of talent. I also noticed that being dead was a big career builder in the art world. That was less appealing. So ultimately I figured I could have a career in psychology, which I loved and keep art as a hobby.
by Aubrey Futrell
Louisiana State Trooper (Retired)
Grief is a long and hard process that only time will ease. You will be going about your life when unexpectedly, without warning, something happens that reminds you of the one you’ve lost. You will see someone who looks like them or laughs like them. You hear a song on the radio that reminds you of them or you think of something you need to tell them and as you pick up the phone you realize, they’re gone… Your heart will break all over again, and the flood of tears will come. Continue reading Grief→
“it is one of the most confusing, heart wrenching and lonely experiences to watch someone you love riding a rollercoaster of emotional states from intermittent irrational angry outbursts to complete emotional distancing, interspersed with moments of tears, hopelessness and thoughts of self-harm… and still, no one believes that things are really as bad as what you’re saying”
This week, for the umpteenth time, I heard from an emergency services worker who sought help for dealing with his stress levels. He was told by someone, by his organizational support staff that his problems are not work related, they are merely relationship problems. As additional motivation to take this advice on board, he was told that PTSD is extremely rare in the services; therefore, he should stop thinking about his personal stresses and focus on what is wrong with his relationship. Continue reading First Responder Stress and the Family Blame Game→
The long road that I started with Deborah Ortiz and Code 9 so many years ago continues. After many ups and downs of financial concerns and funding, forming an alliance with Tyler Marino, who would help complete the film, we are now presenting the film at free private screenings at various locations.
Our current media is infiltrated with violent attacks among various religious, cultural, ethnic and political groups that are receiving large amounts of attention. As a result, one of the most lethal and deadly attacks we fail to acknowledge is the physical, emotional and spiritual attack upon our current law enforcement officers and first responders. These highly resilient men and women walk the streets daily, work in, and interact in one of the most lethal, violent and traumatic environments with daily exposure to traumatic incidences and what is considered routine occupational exposure. Continue reading First Responders and Trauma: Bridging the Gap→
I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
~ Go Rest On the Mountain lyrics, Vince Gill
Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email in which he had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his suicide attempt. He wanted to share his story in an effort to touch one firefighter, officer or other first responder who was struggling with these same demons. He felt it was his duty as someone in recovery to tell them “help is available”. Thank you, Tim, for your friendship and your efforts to help your brothers and sisters. May you find peace at last on that mountain. Continue reading Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done→
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