Survivors with their fragmented traumatic memory become a source of conflict in their family life. Failure of the family members to understand the survivor create more problems within the family. Survivors become uneasy, irritated, and angry in their relationships. Family bonds shatter. Relationships appear to be threatening. Human Rights Office understanding the fate of the survivor families organized a workshop for survivor couples on Conflict Resolution.
The workshop was held at Fatima Retreat House Lewella, Kandy form the 1st to the 3rd June 2012. A resourceful couple of the Family Services Colombo conducted the two day program.
Communication skills of a married couple in building up warm relationships were elaborated step by step with practical examples of family life. The sharing of the lived experiences of the resource persons enriched the survivor group. The most intensive moment was the face to face personal encounter with their married partner. It was a blissful moment to share their conflicting areas in their lives. It was a blessing in disguise where they discovered their own genuine self and the genuine self of the partner. They committed themselves to each other once again to restart their wedded life together.
It was the happiest moment when shedding offs their masks they spontaneously dramatized their own conflicting situations with their partners. The seriousness of life became so relaxed that they were able to laugh at their own mistakes. All troubles vanished like a bubble when they realized that their Life is short and enjoy it when they have it.
Human Rights Office Kandy, Torture in Sri Lanka, Disappearances in Sri Lanka, Healing and Counseling
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