New support group aims to help parents of murdered children
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A group of Middle Tennessee families are bringing the state's first and only chapter of ‘Parents of Murdered Children' to Clarksville.
‘Parents of Murdered Children' is a national support group to help surviving parents and family members through the grieving process.
Fairlen Browning continues to grieve after her daughter was murdered.
"My daughter was I'yanna Elise Meriwether Rawlins," Browning told Nashville's News 2, "She was murdered at 7 months and she was unfortunately murdered by her father who then committed suicide."
Browning's daughter was murdered in 2007.
"When a child is taken due to homicide or an act of violence, I do believe it's a different sort of pain, it's a different sort of anger," said Browning.
Browning turned to her church and family to help her through the grieving process.
"To have all of the hopes and dreams and the lifetime expectations of mother a child and raising a child to have another human being take that from you, of course that's more of a challenge for any individual," Browning said.
Browning hopes the new support group will help other parents.
"Unfortunately there is a huge need for the program since there is no on-going support for bereaved families," said Browning.
The group is made up of other parents who have lost children to murder, just as Browning has.
"We will understand their grief. We'll understand where they're coming from," said Browning.
"Parents of Murdered Children" will hold their first meeting on Monday September 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clarksville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The group plans to meet on the third Monday of each month.