Murder Loss Resources
Family or Individual Therapy
Talking through your emotions one on one with a counselor or as a family will help you be able to process your feelings.
When a person is dealing with the death of a loved one due to murder, their grief can be complicated. General grief issues are addressed, as well as the specific needs that arise after a traumatic death. If you or someone you know is looking for support after the murder of a loved one, this group could be just what you need. Find a support group and talk with others who understand the depth of your pain. Cornerstone of Hope offers a group specifically for those who have lost a loved one to murder.
Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. : Parents of murdered children make the difference through ongoing emotional support, education, advocacy and awareness. They provide support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder. There is a list of local chapters in Ohio.
NOVA : NOVA’s mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere. Its experience is described in the following review of its guiding purposes.
Bereaved Parents of the U.S.A. : Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit, self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope, especially to the newly-bereaved, whether they are bereaved parents, grandparents, or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
• Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide, by Bob Baugher.
Someone you love has been murdered. This book is intended to help you understand what to expect after the homicide of a family member or friend. The book is divided into sections that cover the first few days, weeks, and months; the first year; and beyond. One reader commented, “If this booklet had been available when I was told of my brother’s homicide, I would have carried it with me and used it often.”
• What to Do When the Police Leave : A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, by Bill Jenkins.
Written by a victim for other victims and their caregivers, this book offers authoritative and invaluable advice, guidance, and resources for families dealing with the traumatic loss of a family member or friend. This one of a kind resource is heart-to-heart practical advice from one who has been through the trenches of grief and loss, encouraging and helping others in their own paths. The victim’s voice has never been heard so clearly.
•A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love, by Kathleen O’Hara.
From mass tragedies, such as suicide bombings, to sensationalized crimes that make the news only to be replaced by yet another victim-filled crime, more families and friends are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. Violent death brings its own special brand of grieving: Victims’ families can spend years dealing with the legal ramifications, guilt, and myriad other unique circumstances. This book guides the reader to a point of survival.