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criminal justice system, homicide bereavement, homicide survivor, media



  1. Kashka, Maisie Schmidt RN, PhD
  2. Beard, Margaret T. RN, PhD


The grief of parents who have lost children to murder is extreme, prolonged, and unique. The authors, themselves bereaved by homicide, suggest a model to facilitate understanding such grief and to guide intervention. The model postulates that homicide survivor grief occurs in three arenas: the private, personal world; the public world of the media; and the world of the criminal justice system. Each arena contains features unique to homicide survivor bereavement. These features are described for the reader.