WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES TRAGICALLY
The violence, unexpected death of a family member, loved one or close friend is one of the most traumatic events a person can experience. feelings of grief, shame, anger and isolation may be overwhelming. the stigma associated with homicide often makes it difficult for surviving family members to find comfort among their friends or community.
Families must deal with the financial remifications of planning and paying for funerals as well as coping with the loss of income resulting from the death of a primary breadwinner.
Along with their grief, families may also have to cope with the criminal justice system, and will likely experience frustration wqith its procedures, delays, postponements and continuances, which may or may not lead to justice for the victim. Victim/witness advocates can be of particular help for victims and survivors of victims as they navigate the criminal justice system, providing case status, information and emotional support.
Resources for the families of homicide victims
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Unit – (856) 225-8440