WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children serves those who have been cruelly bereaved by the murder of a loved one. Professionals who are in frequent contact with grieving families are also welcome to join.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Our culture tends to encourage us to ignore death and pain, and promotes the myth that we can all be young, beautiful and if we live right, happy forever (which just isn't true.) In addition to feeling isolated and hopeless in a world that is seen as hostile and uncaring, survivors are often filled with guilt for not protecting the victim. This endless grief can disrupt the survivor's daily routine resulting in strained relationships at home and at work as well as a heavy financial burden.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
POMC provides the on-going emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote a healthy resolution. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief but also helps with the criminal justice system.
The staff of the National Headquarters of POMC will assist any survivor and if possible, link that survivor with others in the same vicinity who have survived their loved one's murder. In addition, the staff is available to provide individual assistance, support and advocacy. The staff will help interested parents or immediate family members form a chapter of POMC in their community.
POMC will provide training to professionals in such fields as law enforcement, mental health, social work, community services, law, criminal justice, medicine, education, religion, the media and mortuary science who are interested in learning more about survivors of homicide victims and the aftermath of murder.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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