Traumatic bereavement is a singular journey that is benefited by the company of others. Some might find healing in support groups, others with individual counseling or with a trusted friend. Still others will turn to short or long-term use of psychiatric medicine, or find support in a religious community, or maybe even a community not related to bereavement at all, but where one feels seen and heard. Likewise, one approach for support may begin to fade in its effectiveness and necessitate a replacement. Traumatic bereavement needs a healthy container where it can be addressed, nurtured, expressed and honored. However, one size does not fit all.
This is the reason behind this section. My hope is that it offers enough options of support for bereavement after homicide that no one has to feel alone. It takes more than one root to support a soul.
Traumatic Bereavement Articles
Grief and Loss Organizations & Education
Articles on Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
The books listed below are a small sampling of what I find beneficial, insightful or comforting. Sometimes I find inspiration in a fictional character. Other times, the truth of life articulated in non-fiction wills me to fight another day. They are offered only as suggestions and a springboard to the plethora of resources on living with the impact of a homicide and traumatic life change.
Children's books have a wonderful way of demonstrating battles of the heart and conscience, as well as offering inspiration for struggles of courage.
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life