Surviving homicide of a loved one
When a loved one is killed by homicide, it is a shocking, terrifying, and devastating experience. Those persons who survive the victim may feel angry, hurt, frightened, and/or guilty. People who have lost a loved one to homicide may have difficulty trusting others, feeling safe in the world and in their homes, and may struggle with the sadness and depression which are associated with grief. Some persons who survive the homicide of a loved one also experience symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) such as difficulty sleeping, startle responses, avoidance of people, places or things which remind them of the homicide, etc. Cognitive Processing therapy (CPT), which is available through the Center for Traumatic Stress Research, can help persons who have lost a loved one to homicide recover from the symptoms of PTSD.
Other resources available on the web include:
The "alt.support. grief" Page
National Center for PTSD (NCP)