This week on Here After with Megan Devine:
It’s been ten years: What you need to know about Sandy Hook survivors, with Nelba Márquez-Greene
It’s been ten years since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in an act of public gun violence. While we’ve got your attention in this flurry of ten year anniversary media reports, Sandy Hook parent survivor Nelba Márquez-Greene wants you to know what survival really looks like.
This is a re-release of the first episode of season two. On this week’s show, Nelba and I discuss what it’s like to live such a public grief, and what it means to find joy – and hope – in an often violent world.
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In this episode we cover:
- Supporting each other: the difference between an “inside the house” friend and an “on the porch” friend.
- Why no single form of advocacy for survivors is right for all survivors
- What’s missing from our ideas about “resilience”
- Where your money goes when you donate funds in the wake of a tragedy
- The importance of telling your own story in the ways you want to tell it (no matter who demands a soundbite)
- What to do when the next act of gun violence happens
About our guest:
Nelba Márquez-Greene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in grief, loss, trauma and their impact on individuals and systems. What her official bio doesn’t say is that her child was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary.
In 2018, she was profiled as one of “100 Women of Color” and a YWCA (CT) Women’s Leadership Award recipient. She was featured in People Magazine’s October 2019 issue as one of Ten Women Changing the World and also recognized by Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton in their Book of Gutsy Women.
Find Nelba at thisgrievinglife.com
Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @anagraceproject
Follow her on Twitter at @Nelba_MG and @anagraceproject
There are many organizations fighting to end gun violence. Here are just a few:
Moms Demand Action, Change the Ref, and Brady United. As Nelba suggested, if you want to support survivors of gun violence, find ways to support survivors in underserved communities, especially if their tragedy didn’t make the national news.
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