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Home Up The Checklist ... Men, Women and Grief Funerals How to Help a Friend Organizations

What to do When the Police Leave: 
A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss 

Third Edition

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Patricia Cornwell


"What Do We Do Now?"

The Checklist

Eight Things You Need to Know Right Now

Your Local Victim Assistance Program

First Things First

The Checklist in Detail Emergency Response and Crime Scene Cleanup

Funerals and Funeral Homes

Planning a Funeral on Short Notice

Grief and Grieving

Men and Women in Grief • Grief "Stages" • A Few Words About Acceptance • Roadside and Other Memorials • Grief in the Workplace • Getting Support • What You Can Do Now • Some Physical and Emotional Effects of Grief and Anxiety

Children and Grief

How Children Understand Death

Grief Responses

The Notification • Placing Blame • Homicide • Suicide • Tragic Accident • Religious Responses

The Police and Criminal Justice System

The Investigation • The Unsolved Case • The Trials • The Civil Justice System

Long-Term Grief -- Living the Marathon

Vulnerability • Grieving and Growing • Living the Marathon


Appendix: Organizations and Resources

Organizations • Internet Resources

Annotated Bibliography

Books • Magazines • Brochures

Victim and Witness Rights

How to Help a Friend in Grief

Information to Share With Others

Author’s Note


Poetry, inspirational writings, and thoughts from others who have suffered traumatic loss are scattered throughout the book, as well.

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