Counselling may help heal the community
By ZOE SATHERLEY
WHEN the whole community grieves, the whole community needs healing, said Lismore family relationships worker Chris Hawke.
Chris, from Lismore Community Connections, believes Northern Rivers residents would benefit from a facilitated community grieving process to help them get through the tragedy of Simone Strobel's ppssible murder.
A group of support workers in related fields are developing the idea, and are keen to get feedback from the public and other interested organisations.
Simone, a 25-year-old German backpacker, died soon after going for a short walk just before midnight on Friday, February 11.
Her body was discovered six days later in the grounds of the Continental Club, across the road in busy Uralba Street from where she had been staying at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park.
Since the discovery of the beautiful young kindergarten teacher's body, there has been a massive outpouring of community grief and disbelief.
A spontaneous roadside memorial has developed near to where the body was found, acting as a focus point for people's compassion and pain for the dead young woman, her boyfriend of six years, Tobias Suckfuell, and her family.
Contact Chris Hawke on 0427 227 734.