Surviving Loss Using Grief Guidance Managing One's Disbelief Efficiently
A general term or statement used to attain a goal. To change your mindset, to go hard─ at work, hustle, play and/or life skills.
Ty-Key AKA Dunk was a very loving young man known to family and friends as the lyrical genius “Mr. Slugg Mode." He loved to read, he was articulate and detail-oriented in his creative work.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Text, Call or Chat 988 or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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After losing her son to firearm suicide, Miami Knight turned her pain into action and became a certified grief coach to help other survivors.
She knows that Mike has invested in making sure guns don't fall into the wrong hands, and his gun safety reform policy will save lives.
This proclamation declares the first Sunday in May to recognize Black on Black Violence Healing DAY in DeKalb County, Georgia to honor families of all victims and survivors of violent crimes and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce violence in black communities.
WHEREAS, Community engagement for frank conversation with survivors of tragic loss due to gun violence and other violent acts, this forum will empower individuals and families to use their voices to enact change by creating awareness through talks to save lives and preventable engagements no matter how uncomfortable these can be: and,
WHEREAS, every day, violent crimes such as: theft, assault, rape, sexual assault, robbery stalking/ intimidation, and property crimes make up the most committed incidents perpetrated by Black people against other Black people; and,
WHEREAS, individuals and communities as a whole experience any number of grief reactions such as: emotional, cognitive and behavioral due to a traumatic incidents and/or events. These lasting adverse effects cause individuals and families to experience the loss of their sense of safety, their trust in those who live in their neighborhood, or their trust in local government; and,
WHEREAS, on December 2011, two people were shot to include my 17-year-old son Ty-Key and his best friend Keondrick Abrams from the backseat of a car. Keondrick died, Ty-Key miraculously survived his traumatic brain injury. The loss of his best friend would stick with Ty-Key for over 5 years. On January 27, 2017, Ty-Key shot and killed himself with a gun; and,
WHEREAS, the idea of this day, was inspired by Founder Miami Knight of Miami Knight LLC; a grief education and training company that specializes in healing, bereavement, grief and loss recovery and trauma-informed best practices after loss or an life-altering event. In these challenging times action, messages of hope and healing are more needed now than ever.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Larry Johnson of DeKalb County and its more than 750,000 citizens, do hereby declare the first Sunday in May 2021, to be Black-on-Black Violence Healing Day. I encourage all citizens to support their local communities’ efforts to prevent the tragic effects of violent acts and to honor and value human lives through understanding grief and ways to heal our communities.
PROCLAIMED, THIS 2nd day of May 2021.
“In the blink of an eye, my whole life changed. My son, Ty-Key, wrote these lyrics—searching for the words to express the loss of his best friend, Keondrick, who was shot and killed. Ty-Key survived that shooting, but five years later, at age 22, he took his own life with a gun. Ty-Key was always doing things. He was a football player, rapper, and the cool guy on the block. He was smart, too—he even had the opportunity to skip a grade. People knew him. People loved him—they always had. I miss him every day. In response to my son’s suicide, I have dedicated my life to preventing gun suicide, and providing grief counseling to help others find healing, because I want other young people to know that they can find help and there is hope."
Miami Knight, Ty-Key’s mom and gun violence prevention advocate.
May 10, 2020
Signed by, Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-6th)
Leaders of the Everytown Survivors Network and Georgia Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Authors:
Julvonnia McDowell, Mother of JaJuan McDowell
Miami Knight, Mother of Ty-Key Douglas
Nichole Villafane, Mother of X’avier Arnold
Sharmaine Brown, Mother of Jared Brown
Stephanie Stone, Mother of Paul Sampleton Jr.
Miami is a highly recommended grief educator, facilitator and trainer. She authored Self-help book, "The Key Process: A Grief Guide to Mastering Spiritual Healing in which she developed the 7 Key Grief Guide. She shares her story with an array of audiences. She help others gain insight with key topics surrounding grief, community and survivor fellowship on her podcast; It's The Miami Knight Show-Grief Talk. Miami speaks from her heart with full transparency on how-to survive after a traumatic loss.
After losing her son to both city gun violence and gun suicide, Miami's unique healing path lead her on a spiritual journey that transformed her life through the practice of Shamanic wisdom.
She's an inspiring intuitive guide, and a leader who empowers survivors and grievers to know that "understanding grief and ways to heal awakens the spiritual self." Miami's a resilient advocate-supporting leading gun safety organization to create change through trauma- informed intervention and prevention.
*Miami's presentations can be tailored to fit any specific audience*
In 2019, seventeen family members and friends honored Ty-Key Mr. Slugg Mode Douglas by collectively coming together to end the stigma.
Our team and countless others helped save lives bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
2020 Virtual Experience
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The Gun Violence Memorial Project is a space of remembrance and healing for individuals impacted by gun violence. The memorial design features four houses built of 700 glass bricks, each house representing the average number of lives lost due to gun violence each week in America.
“1868” honors Ty-Key's love for music. By the age of 17 Ty-Key became a underground artist. He recorded nine songs and was featured in ten collaboration projects. This year for his 26th birthday on Sunday, February 23rd, I submitted the Mr. Slugg Mode “1868” album and microphone to the National Gun Violence Memorial Project at a collection site in Miami, Florida.
1868 represents the number of days he lived and battled the affects of city gun violence from December 17, 2011 through January 27, 2017 dying by gun suicide.
The exhibition of the Memorial will open at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in March 2023.
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