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Life After Death

Menkin, Elizabeth
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution. 1.2. May. Downloaded 2 March 2003.

In this personal account, Elizabeth Menkin tells the story of her response to the death of her sister in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Experiencing grief over her sister’s death and anger at the surviving drunk driver, Menkin continued to feel impotent and bitter, even as she tried to “processâ€? her feelings through various means. Then her parents contacted Mary Price, founder of a victim-offender reconciliation program in Oregon. Though that program generally had dealt only with juvenile and property crimes, Price agreed to assist in preparing for and conducting a victim-offender reconciliation process between the victim’s family and the driver. Menkin recounts the meeting between the family and the driver and describes the outcomes, both in terms of emotions and actions.


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