"It's taken me 21 years to get to this point. To really feel like I can help someone in this area," said Betty Sargent, who is helping to start a local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children support group.
In 1991, Sargent's daughter, Sandy, was murdered by her own husband. Ever since, she's had to deal with the loss. But, when her grandson, Robert, got involved with the Parents of Murdered Children support group, things started to look up. She was able to learn how to cope with her grief, anger, and the wide variety of emotions she was feeling.
That's why she's involved with starting a local chapter of the group. They'll hold their first meeting on January 7th in Buckhannon at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.
"It's a great group to belong to. Sad to meet the way we do, but there's a lot of help out there for those that don't know the law or don't have any help or anybody to talk to, there's somebody always available," said Sargent.
Every year, thousands of Americans lose their lives because of violence.
Sargent's grandson Robert said that even though he considers West Virginia to be a safe state, acts of violence still happen. That's why it's important to him to spread the word to other families going through the same thing.
"West Virginia is a very safe area, rightfully so, but when it happens to your family, you need support. It's really healing to know there are other people you can connect with and know that there's a safe place to talk," said Robert Sargent.
That's the main focus of the group. Helping people learn to cope, and offering support in times of need.
"A group of people that's going through the same things as them. The anger, the hate, everything," said Sargent. "By hearing my story, by hearing Robby's story, hearing a lot of the others, it's amazing how just listening to what happened to someone else can really help you."
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