Murder Survivor's Handbook
helps family members adapt
to the aftermath of murder
September 25, 2014
It's official. Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources is launched and available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, and through traditional retail outlets.
Written by Connie Saindon, MA, MFTalong with many other voicesthe book is being formally released on Sept. 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. [Read Connie's essay: Remembering Our Murdered Loved Ones.]
"Many survivors and co-victims of murder asked me to write this book so those who must make this tragic journey will have a helping hand," Saindon says. "I am saddened that there is a need for this book, but I am happy that we were able to pull this together in the interest of helping others."
When a loved one is murdered, the survivorsthe co-victimsare plunged into a head-spinning world of traumatic grief, criminal investigation, criminal justice, and the long-term consequences of violent loss. Sensational news coverage may compound the trauma of their loss.
Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources helps these survivors wend their way on this overwhelming journey they never chose to take.
Saindon's professional as well as personal experience have given her a unique perspective that few others have. Not only did she learn first-hand about criminal death following the murder of her sister, she learned that she is a Survivor in every sense of the word. However, she also found that little was known about the impact of murder on survivors.
This book fills that void for the survivors, the co-victims of murder. It provides information, resources, and strategies for learning to live with the aftermath of a homicide, including safety issues, dealing with the criminal justice system, addressing the news media, and coping with traumatic grief, while preserving the memory of a loved one.
Also in the book, Survivor Writers describe their own experiences and, through their tips and suggestions, lend a helping hand to those who follow in their footsteps.
The book also encourages the readers to write down their own feelings and experiences as they take this journey no one ever wants to take, but in which they had no choice.
The Foreword to the book is written by Edward K. Rynearson, MD, Medical Director, Separation and Loss Services Program, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, and the author of Retelling Violent Death.
In prerelease sales, the book became a Hot New Release at Amazon.com in the Criminal Procedure Law category, and climbed onto Amazon's Best Seller list in that category as well.
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Survivors of Violent Loss Program to provide books to those who may need assistance.
For bulk purchases of the book, please contact the author or Wigeon Publishing.
Praise for the book:
This handbook is the absolutely perfect tool for survivors of homicide victims and those professionals who work to support them. Through the voices of survivors, the stark realities of learning to live with homicide are clearly exposed. The incredible depth of sorrow, daunting financial impact and the long-term challenges that survivors face are effectively presented. The wealth of information contained in this handbook needs to be on the bookshelves of everyone who interacts with survivors of homicide.
Carol Gaxiola, mother of Jasmine Gaxiola
Director/Victim Advocate, Homicide Survivors, Inc.
The book is rich in content. It is the banquet of life-sustaining information that I did not have 15 years ago.
This is exactly the book I would have loved to have had so I wouldn't have made so many mistakes; I would have had some idea how this entire process works.
Dayna Herrroz, Survivor/Co-victim
Peer Advocate/Violent Loss
Nonfiction: Death, Grief, Bereavement
Publisher: Wigeon Publishing
Wholesale distribution: Ingram
Size, print edition: 8.5 x 11
paperback; ISBN: 978-0-9896913-0-7; $19.95
e-book: Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc.; $7.99
About the Author
Connie Saindon is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and among the few specialists in the field of violent death bereavement. She is the founder of the nonprofit Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, which began at the University of California-San Diego outpatient clinic in 1998. Her commitment to violent loss bereavement is related to the murder of her sister, aged 17, in 1961.
She is author of The Journey: Ten Steps to Learning to Live with Violent Death (2008), an adaption of the Restorative Retelling Model for adult self-help and paraprofessionals. She also is a contributing author of Violent Death, Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crises (2006).
When not pursuing her professional interests, Saindon may be found kayaking in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, skiing, walking her dog, or taking photographs. A native New Englander, Saindon splits her time between Boothbay, ME, and San Diego, CA.
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