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   The following chapter is the complete text excerpted from What to do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, by Bill Jenkins.

    Resources which have been added since printing are highlighted in blue and will be included in the next edition.

Organizations and Resources

The following organizations can be reached at the addresses and telephone numbers listed. National offices should be able to give you information on chapters and resources in your area. If the organization has an Internet address, it is given as well.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
P.O. Box 541688
Dallas, TX 75354

MADD, Canada
6507C Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5N 1A6

Contact for information on local chapters in the U.S. and Canada. MADD has a wealth of books and brochures available which are helpful not only to survivors of drunk-driving crashes, but also a variety of traumatic losses. More information on MADD’s brochures can be found in the Bibliography.


The Compassionate Friends
P. O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
(630) 990-0010

For parents grieving the loss of a child. Contact for local chapters in the U.S. and Canada.


Office for Victims of Crime – U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
(202) 307-0703

A clearinghouse of information for crime victims with especially useful court-related topics. The section of the website relating to Victim Impact Statements is a must-read for anyone who will be writing one.


National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
100 East Eighth Street, B-41
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 721-5683

Originally organized to support parents grieving the loss of a murdered child, the focus has rapidly broadened to include anyone grieving the loss of a loved one due to violence. Contact for local chapters. Brochures available from POMC include: Sorrow of Siblings; Inner Grief of Men; Path Through the Criminal Justice System (Spanish and English versions available); and Thanks for Asking, a collection of poetry and essays by survivors.


National Center for Victims of Crime
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-2880

Contact for information on local and national victim rights issues. Their website contains a wealth of supportive information for victims.


National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
1757 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20010-2101
(202) 232-6682

Contact for information on finding local victim resources.


American Association of Suicidology
4201 Connecticut, Ave. NW., Suite 310
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-2280

A clearinghouse for information and resources regarding suicide, its prevention, and impact on survivors.


The Dougy Center:
The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
3903 Southeast 52nd Ave.
P. O. Box 86852
Portland, OR 97286
(503) 775-5683

Support and resources for children dealing with grief and loss. Contact for information on support in your area.


Center for Loss and Life Transition
3735 Broken Bow Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 226-6050

The Center has exceptional books and materials for grieving adults, teens, and children. Contact them or visit their website for available books and materials, seminars, and services.


TAG: Teen Age Grief, Inc.
P.O. Box 220034
Newhall, CA 91322-0034
(805) 253-1932

Provides training and resources for helping grieving teens.


The National Hospice Organization
Suite 901, 1901 North Moore St.
Arlington, VA 22209
1-800-658-8898 – Help Line

Information on locating hospice services in your area. While hospices generally work with long-term illness and terminal care, they are required to have a bereavement program which is free of charge and open to the public. A local hospice program should have a list of a variety of reliable resources including grief therapists, support groups, bereavement camps for children, and other resources which may be helpful to you.


Internet Resources

There are many resources available on the Internet for your use. There are webpages dedicated to helping the grieving, chatrooms where you can have conversations with others in real time, and bulletin boards where you can post messages which others with similar interests can read and respond to. Below are some Internet resources which should get you started.

Counseling for Loss and Life Changes

USENET newsgroup devoted to grief and loss

GROWW – Grief Recovery Online

William Jenkins Memorial Website
The story of William’s murder, which led to the creation of this book. Many other features and links to other sites on the Internet.

Concerned Counseling Online

Victim Assistance Online formerly The Mining Company

Death and Dying Grief Support

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