In Memoriam

November 2, 2017

Yet another shooting tragedy has afflicted our city, community, and nation.  Peace and blessings go to those family and friends that are affected by this senseless act. Here are some thoughts that might help to make sense of this event.

“When the traumatic events are of human design, those who bear witness are caught in the conflict between victim and perpetrator.  It is morally impossible to remain neutral in this conflict.  The bystander is forced to take sides.  It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator.  All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing.  He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil.  The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain.  The victim demands action, engagement and remembering.”  (Judith Herman, From Trauma and Recovery)

"To heal a suffering one must experience it to the full." (Marcel Proust)


R. David Johns has a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Colorado.  He works with people to deal with the grief and pain of senseless acts.  For an appointment call 303-642-6636 or email at