Homicide we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help The grief following a homicide will not just “go away” with time; you have to work through it. Make sure you are surrounded with friends and family that will listen to you and not try to suppress your grieving process. It is important to acknowledge the impact of your loss. Grieving will allow you to put your life together again as best as you can under the circumstances. Victim Assistance Program holds an annual Angel Tree Ceremony on the first Monday in December to give survivors of homicide victims the opportunity to place an Angel with their loved one’s name on it onto a holiday tree. You may also provide a picture to be placed on the Wall of Remembrance to ensure your loved one will never be forgotten. normal reactions to the death of a loved one When someone close to you tragically dies, it is normal for you to experience a wide range of emotions. At first you may feel in shock. It may be hard to come to terms that your loved one is gone. It is normal to experience insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, hopelessness or the inability to concentrate. You may also experience anger, denial, confusion and frustration and begin to blame yourself. This was NOT your fault. You will travel at your own rate in the recovery process while it often feels as if the world around you goes back to normal very quickly. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate through these emotions and prepare you and your family for what will be considered your “new normal.” we would like to stand by your side Victim Assistance Program has helped thousands of individuals who have experienced a situation similar to yours. We would like to continue to stand by your side and provide you with support, education, and information to help you navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. When a loved one dies suddenly, you are bombarded with many decisions that need to be made in a small amount of time. Our advocates can help you coordinate funeral arrangements and police involvement, assist with how to handle the media, accompany you to court, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, help coordinate emergency shelter, and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy. Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, ability to speak English, or disability. Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services.