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Murder Survivor's Handbook
Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources

Helps victim's survivors deal with aftermath of murder

Release date: September 25, 2014

Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources When a person is murdered, the lives of the survivors—the co-victims—are turned upside down.

Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources will help these survivors travel this at-times overwhelming journey.

• Formal release date: Sept. 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

• Written by Connie Saindon, MA, MFT, one of the few specialists in the field of violent-death bereave-ment and founder of the nonprofit Survivors of Violent Loss Program.

• Saindon learned first-hand about criminal death following the murder of her sister and has made it her "survivor's mission" to help fellow survivors adapt to a new world after a loved one has died a violent death.

• This book provides information, resources, and techniques for learning to live with the aftermath of a homicide: 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.

Survivor Writers describe their own experiences and, through their tips and suggestions, lend a helping hand to those who follow in their footsteps.

• Praise for the book:

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

This book is wonderful. You covered all the steps that victims have to deal with. The chapters are broken down and very easy to read and follow. The resource section after each topic is great.
—Rose Madsen, Families &
Friends of Murder Victims, Inc.

This book is fantastic! It will be so helpful to survivors, professionals and our colleagues working with Homicide Survivors.
—Director, Crime Victims Assistance
Unit, District Attorney's Office

• Nonfiction: Death, Grief, Bereavement
• Publisher: Wigeon Publishing
• Wholesale distribution: Ingram
• Publication date: September 25, 2014
• Size, print edition: 8.5 x 11
• Pages: 244
• Formats:
• paperback; ISBN: 978-0-9896913-0-7; $19.95
• e-book: Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc.; $7.99

About the Author
Connie Saindon, author, Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources 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.


For additional information or to schedule an interview:

Larry Edwards
(858) 292-9232

Connie Saindon

Learn more at: Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources

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