How to Cope Following a Homicide

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After a murder has been committed, cleaning the scene of the crime is just one of many matters a family may struggle with. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2009 over 15,000 individuals were victims of murder in the United States. This staggering statistic has left behind thousands of grieving homicide survivors coping with the death of a loved one. We empathize with homeowners who have recently suffered a staggering loss, and we make it a priority to treat each residence with compassion and care. Leaving death cleanup to Aftermath can help you and your family properly focus on managing with the emotional stress and shock that accompanies such devastating tragedy.

The Most Common Reactions to Homicide

Homicide survivors may experience a wide range of emotions following the tragic event. The initial shock and sensations that any individuals feels after learning of a loved one’s murder are sudden, intense, and often challenging to understand. This unfortunate crisis can be even more difficult to come to terms with depending on the following:

• The intensity and abruptness of the crime.
• The survivor’s capability to comprehend the event.
• The survivor’s mindset before the event occurred.

Ways to Cope With Tragedy

While no one grieves the in the same way, professional therapists and counselors advise that there are a few trusted ways to help process the initial disbelief and depression that occurs when losing a loved one to homicide.

• Search for a local support group for families of murder victims. If you prefer an individual setting, there are many counselors who are trained to help people cope with their sudden loss.
• Share your feelings with close family members. It is very likely that they are experiencing your same grief, and communicating your emotions can help all parties build a support system while mourning together.
• If speaking about your trauma is too difficult, try writing a letter to your lost loved one. Tell them about your feelings of anger, sadness, or regret about their murder and the criminals involved. Put the letter in their casket or attach it to a helium balloon and release it into the air.
• Sometimes, the most healing way to deal with loss is to find outside outlets to release your feelings. Start keeping a journal to free your emotions when they become overwhelming. Take up exercise, music, art, yoga, or any other creative means to relieve tension.

When you are recovering from a devastating loss, safely removing the physical remains should be the last thing you worry about. Our highly trained professionals will take their time walking you through our process to give you peace of mind. Call Aftermath at (877) 872-4339 for a no obligation estimate today.

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