....Like Waring, healing circles have forced Effie Steele, whose daughter was murdered in 2007, to confront some of her anger, hurt and grief. She experienced her first healing circle last year during a restorative justice conference.

"At first it was like no big deal, but then when you get the object that you hold, you get all of these emotions," she said. "For me, it just floods and floods emotions.

"And hearing everybody else's story and knowing that you can only talk when you have the object yourself, it was quite different," she added. "When you hear someone else's story, you want to say, 'Yeah it happened to me.' It gives the person free range to let their feelings out and express themselves."

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