After a suicide or violent crime, it’s vital that the death scene be cleaned properly and with the right tools. This prevents the spread of infectious diseases and ensures safety for everyone in the immediate area. While trauma cleanup technicians are required to be professional and thorough, there is another part of the job that often goes overlooked and unnoticed until it is no longer present.
Cleaning up an area after a family member or friend has been killed is something that can cause additional stress to the victim’s loved ones. As a crime scene cleanup company, Aftermath is committed to helping families by sending a compassionate crime scene technician to the scene.
Tedious Tasks With Huge Importance
Regardless of how long a crime scene technician has been in the field, he or she must treat every situation as unique. While these may be jobs that are common for a technician, family members are often dealing with their first crime scene or suicide, and should be treated with the utmost compassion and respect.
Crime scene technicians must also remember that they are entering a person’s private residence in order to remove biohazardous materials from the space. As the technician carries out work on the crime scene, it’s essential that all property is treated carefully and the home is left in better condition than it was found.
Family members may be completely overwhelmed by their loss and unable to communicate even the most basic things. A crime scene clean up technician will take charge of the cleaning and ensure that the family never has to view the scene again.
Confidentiality and Anonymity
Humans are curious by nature, and we often want to be involved or hear the story behind violent deaths and suicides. However, we also recognize that this is disrespectful for family members and friends of the individual. Aftermath teams use vehicles that are discreetly marked to help protect confidentiality and anonymity. They are also trained to defer all questions from the media and other onlookers to a family representative.
Aftermath technicians recognize families need a break from answering questions about what happened to their loved one and why. Beyond understanding the potential damage to the home, technicians respect the privacy of survivors. However, they are always willing to lend support when asked, whether a shoulder to cry on or just an ear to listen. Many technicians say that the most rewarding part of the job is the trust families exhibit when they open up their homes and hearts.
The Aftermath Way
Here at Aftermath, we instill every technician with a sense of compassion and care, even as we train them to be thorough and precise. We see cleanup as the beginning of the recovery process rather than the end of a devastating tragedy. With 16 years of experience in crime scene cleanup, we know how important compassion is with every scene.