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Family of victims suffer after traffic deaths

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - So far this year Oahu has been averaging one pedestrian death every month.

And for every pedestrian death there are countless other accidents where people are hit by drivers and scarred for life.

Along with injures, statistics show that Oahu's seniors are at particularly high-risk when involved in a pedestrian accident and "the ripple" effect doesn't just effect the victim's family.

AARP maintains that all pedestrian crashes are preventable so the sense of guilt and sudden loss of a loved one makes it very hard for everyone involved in fatal accident to heal.

In many pedestrian accidents, victims and families turn to religion, some for a sense of community or to ask questions. In some cases it's to deal with a sense of guilt.

But many churches don't have professional therapist or counselors until now.

The Spiritual Council and Wellness Center is a non-profit network of counselors and doctors the partner up with churches, temples and other religious groups to provide help in the recovery process.

That combination of religious openness and professional therapy is key in addressing the many questions that families deal with when they suddenly lose a loved one in a pedestrian crash.

To contact the center visit http://cscch.org/:

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