by Kathleen O’Hara
In response to the brutal murder of her son, therapist O’Hara developed this seven-stage process to help others making the journey to healing. She offers concrete, practical, and compassionate steps to help cope realistically with feelings of guilt, terror, anxiety, and anger, develop inner resources and a support network, and find how to go on after losing a loved one to violence. A book no one would ever want to have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. Violent death brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths.
A valuable and important resource for victims and survivors, therapists, victim service providers, and anyone wanting to understand traumatic loss.
Paperback, 222 pages