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Homicide Survivor Resources


  • The Journey: Learning to Live with Violent Death, Connie Saindon

  • Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources, Connie Saindon

  • Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, Larry M. Edwards

  • Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis, Edward K. Rynearson, MD. Contributing authors include: Figley, Shear, Lord, Saindon, Salloum, Neimeyer and many more

  • No Time for Goodbyes, Janice Harris Lord

  • Homicide: The Hidden Victims, Deborah Spungen

  • And I Don’t Want to Live This Life: A Mother’s Story of Her Daughter’s Murder, Deborah Spungen

  • Aftermath, In The Wake of Murder, Carrie Freitag

  • Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After the Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One, Courtney M. Armstrong LPC

  • Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children, Liana Lowenstein

  • A Grief like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love, Kathleen O’Hara

  • Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Help Children with Complicated Grief, Linda Goldman

  • Coping With Traumatic Death: Homicide, Bob Baugher& Lew Cox

  • The Forgiving Place: Choosing Peace after Violent Trauma, Richard R. Grayton & Amrianne Williams

  • Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers, Judie A. Bucholz, PhD

  • Lord, No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice after a Tragic Death, Janice Harris

  • Retelling Violent Death, Edward K. Rynearson

  • What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, Bill Jenkins

  • When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children through Trauma and Grief, Jean Harris-Hendricks, Dora Black & Tony Kaplan



Bereaved Parents of the USA
Offers support, care, and compassion for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Bereaved Parents of the USA was founded in 1995 by a group of bereaved parents from across the country to offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of their loved one. This purpose remains the thrust of BPUSA today.

Center for Loss and Trauma
Intelligent, thoughtful discussions about traumatic grief and death. I’m a research professor at ASU.
A grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.

Fathers Forever
Fathers Forever was founded 10 years ago by four men in the Boston area who met in a bereavement therapy group; all had recently lost young children to various causes. We became friends, and decided to extend our relationship and work outside a therapeutic setting.

Federal Government – Office for Victims of Crimes 
OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. Federal revenues deposited into the Fund

GPS (Grieving Parents Sharing)
Grieving Parents Sharing Hope (GPS Hope) is here to be a light of HOPE in your place of darkness.

Dedicated to assisting parents who have lost a child, as well as family members, friends, professionals, and those who want to lend their support but don’t know how.

offers e-mail support groups for the bereaved including parents, siblings, and grandparents. It also offers a wide variety of bereavement related content including a comprehensive resource guide of bereavement organizations and a sister website for bereaved children, KIDSAID.

Grieving Dads: To The Brink and Back
A collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two-year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, “this terrible, terrible club,” which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale.

Grieving Parents Support Network
This is a safe space where we, as bereaved parents, can come, read, feel understood, rest, share, find information and resources, learn, process grief, and connect with other bereaved parents.

Helping Parents Heal
There are many factors that contribute to the healing process. In addition, to support from family and friends, people often find peace and a sense of purpose in learning more about evidence for the continuation of consciousness after physical death

Hospice of the Valley’s Grief Support Services
Hospice of the Valley walks beside you on this journey with your loved one—from the early stages of care to hospice to grief counseling. We focus on your family. It’s the heart of what we do.

Lamenting Sons: Fathers in Grief
This page and my others are, in part, an effort to understand what happened to my son and what happened to me.

Love Never Dies: A Mother’s Journey form Loss to Love
When someone you love has died, there are few words that capture grief’s intensity. Despair, anguish, and devastation come to mind but even these seem inadequate. I’ve heard it likened to suddenly having the unending shriek of jet engines in your head. It interferes with everything you think, do, or say. It won’t go away. It incapacitates you.

Mothers Against Murder
PROVIDE COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT TO HELP THE SILENTLY GRIEVING FAMILIES OF MURDER VICTIMS.  We are not affiliated with any religious or political organization, and hold no ideology beyond the right of victims and survivors to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve

Mothers Finding Meaning Again
Online Grief Support – Because when a loved one leaves us, the grief can be overwhelming

National Funeral Directors Association provides many grief resources for coping with the death of a child within the family.

Open to Hope
a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

Parents Of Murdered Children (POMC)
Provides support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder.

Remembering Homicide Victims
A page that joyfully remembers those taken from families by an act of homicide. This page will serve as a community of people who will provide emotional support and guidance for those dealing with the death of someone close to them.

Survivor Resources
Immediate Crisis Support – Survivor Resources advocates for and supports families with a wide variety of immediate problems. Crisis support services include:
• Support during the viewing of the body
• Explaining autopsy procedures
• Help in notifying others who need to be told
• Special help in telling children about the death
• Crime scene cleaning resources
• Providing a link between the police and the survivors for the exchange of information
• Debriefing or processing the events surrounding the death
• Assisting families in dealing with the media
• Arranging for families to meet with police investigator to learn facts about the case
• Filling out forms for the Crime Victim Reparations Board
• Helping with resources and referrals as needed

The Compassionate Friends
The vision statement of The Compassionate Friends is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.

Wendt Center’s
General suggestions on the grieving process, seeking help, and common reactions.

National Center for Victims of Crime (local assistance Connect Directory)
The leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them since 1986Provides a fast and easy way to locate crime victim assistance in a wide variety of jurisdictions throughout the country. Simply provide as much information as possible and hit the search button to find crime victim assistance organizations near you.

National Organization for Victim Assistance
NOVA’s mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis. Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States as the recognized leader in this noble cause. NOVA is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.



For people who do not have or cannot access local grief support counselors or grief support groups – the internet and our mobile phones provide access to new online, text-based, and chat-based grief counseling services from licensed therapists/corporations, OR coaches & trained listeners. Increasingly, a number of companies and organizations have started to provide grief counseling via unlimited texts or emails for a fixed weekly fee. Some of these services are listed below, but please understand that we are not affiliated with, nor endorsed any of these groups. They are provided here strictly for the educational and informational objectives of this course:
(online-based) – Approx. $40 for a week of unlimited text-messaging with a licensed therapist
(text-based) – Approx. $25 for a week of unlimited text-messaging with a licensed therapist.
Self-pay or insurance rates usually listed with each therapist. (chat)
Chatting with coaches or trained “listeners” – who may not be a licensed mental health professional or therapist.
Chatting with coaches or trained listeners – who may not be a licensed mental health professional or therapist.

Consumer Alert/Information:
In addition to the above services, there are many other new online and mobile services appearing daily, but in all cases, please be aware that some of these sites that offer you “free” trials will then automatically sign you up for a mandatory weekly or monthly billing plan, or try to later upsell you to other much more expensive services – ASK Upfront and keep all related email/chat records on questions about all the costs associated with the service you seek; how do you stop the service from billing you further if you no longer need it, and check the major review sites for verified reviews of others that have used their services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

Online Crisis Network
If you (or someone you know) are depressed and thinking about suicide, please call 1-800-442-HOPE (4673) to talk to a caring crisis hotline volunteer. Your call is free and confidential.

Samaritans Hotline
Samaritans Completely Confidential Hotline – Samaritans free, non-religious 24-hour emotional support and crisis response hotline is available on an immediate and ongoing basis for people who are dealing with every kind of problem, situation, illness, trauma or loss and need someone to talk to. When You Need Someone to Talk to 24/7 – 212-673-3000

Suicide Prevention LifeLine
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Free Telephone Number: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention LifeLine CHAT
Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.


A Parent’s Guide to Grieving a Child via Funeral Services Guide
At, we understand that arranging a funeral following the death of a close relative or friend can prove a daunting task.

Death of a Child Affects Relationships Throughout Family
by Alex James
Open to Hope Foundation® is a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

Helping Bereaved Parents Cope
by Sandy Fox
Open to Hope is an online community offering inspirational stories of loss, hope and recovery. We believe hope is the bridge between loss and recovery

How to Talk To A Parent Who Has Lost a Child
by Samantha Hayward
Mamamia is Australia’s largest women’s media company, producing podcasts, videos, written articles, social and branded content.

Let Me Tell You Who I Am Now
by Angela Miller
GRIEF WATCH is a publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.

Loving My Son, After His Death
by Nora Wong

My Adult Son’s Death Has Changed My Life
by Basia Mosinski
Open to Hope Foundation® is a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

Parental Grief in the Wake of Homicide
by Marty Tousley
Open to Hope Foundation® is a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion

What I Wish More People Understood About Losing A Child
by Paula Stephens
Leading the wellness movement since 2009.

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