Heartbreak and Healing: UNLV wants to hear your stories about the Route 91 tragedy

It is a place of peace in downtown Las Vegas, a patch of green, in a city of concrete. They call it the Healing Garden. (Kelsey Thomas | KSNV)

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, we are seeing signs of trauma and healing.

Survivors and even those who weren’t at the Route 91 Harvest Festival are overcoming emotional wounds.

A UNLV professor and his students are looking for people to share their stories about how the tragedy has affected them.

Many looking for a way to heal have turned to a place of peace. It’s a patch of green in a city of concrete. They call it the Healing Garden and it’s in downtown Las Vegas.

Gerald Eckman and his wife came to look at the photos and read the names on the Wall of Remembrance.

“Our hearts just break for what happened,” said Eckman. “It puts a deep hurt, a deep ache in your heart and soul to see so many people beautiful people had to sacrifice their life."

Eckman, like so many people, still struggles to make sense of it all. How does one cope with the murders of so many innocent people?

It’s a question UNLV Assistant Professor Stephen Benning and his students are trying to answer with an online survey.

“A lot of people still feel like it hit them hard,” said Benning. “I was actually trying to think of how we could learn from this trauma and what kinds of ways we might be able to help the community in a research setting."

Benning and his students want to know how our personalities influence not only how we feel, but how we heal.

“We wanted to get in right at the beginning when people's emotions are raw and fresh and give them a chance to tell their stories,” said Benning.

UNLV is looking for 250 people to take part in their online survey.

It will take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete.

They want to hear from people who were at the festival, and even those who weren’t there.

Find the survey here:

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