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)
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 MADDs brochures can be found in the Bibliography.
The Compassionate Friends
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
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.
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
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)
Contact for information on finding local victim resources.
American Association of Suicidology
A clearinghouse for information and resources regarding suicide, its prevention, and impact on survivors.
The Dougy Center:
Support and resources for children dealing with grief and loss. Contact for information on support in your area.
Center for Loss and Life Transition
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.
Provides training and resources for helping grieving teens.
The National Hospice Organization
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.
Counseling for Loss and Life Changes
GROWW Grief Recovery Online
William Jenkins Memorial Website
Concerned Counseling Online
Victim Assistance Online
About.com formerly The Mining Company
Death and Dying Grief Support