St. Charles Patch editor shares his own perspective on a deadly shooting 20 years ago and how its aftermath relates to what is unfolding at Sandy Hook School.
A part of me died, I think, amid all the blood that spilled on a sunny Sunday morning 20 years ago when the devil came calling on a church in Colorado. John Miller was not truly the devil, of course, but what he did on Aug. 23, 1992, was clearly evil. He opened his visit to the First Free Methodist Church of Fort Collins’ second morning service in an argument with Valerie, whose divorce from him recently had been finalized. Asked to step outside the church, they headed toward the parking lot, an off-duty cop who attended the church trailing. As always, the handgun at Mike Swihart’s side created a visible bulge beneath his sport coat. I was in the church kitchen when the gunfire began. I heard about a dozen reports, then a pause. I ran …
Priscilla Brinkman helped spearhead and guide the children’s grief programs, including Herbie’s Friends bereavement program.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Grief therapist and counselor Priscilla Brinkman of Geneva has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. “Priscilla Brinkman has been an advocate for grieving children and teens, providingsupport to families, and we are thrilled she is lending her talents to the NAGC Board of Directors,” said Andy McNiel, executive director of the Alliance. Brinkman is a licensed clinical social worker with certification in death, dying and bereavement issues, and has a practice in Geneva. She has worked with children and families for 25 years, focusing on grief, loss and life transitions for the past 15 years. The National Alliance for Grieving Children provides a network for nationwide communication …