Sharing With Others
Sharing with other people can reduce the sense of isolation and aloneness that comes with grief.
- Allow people to help you; don't be embarrassed to accept their help. You will be able to help someone else at another time. It is your turn now.
- Talk to family and friends; sharing memories and stories, thoughts and feelings can be comforting and strengthen our connection with our deceased loved one.
- Take opportunities to join in public ceremonies where you can be private, yet part of a larger group.
- Use rituals and customs that are meaningful to you.
Although grief is always very painful, grief as a result of a murder is traumatic, acute and complicated. Survivors of homicide victims need to have others understand their confusion, and feelings of helplessness and loss. That need is fulfilled when they can share with others who have experienced the same circumstances. CPOMC's support/sharing/caring meetings provide that opportunity.