I have been told that the violent death of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations for individuals and family members to recover from, if they ever do. Many do not. Many are plagued with catastrophic diseases and die prematurely due to their inability to overcome their deep grief. Others spend the rest of their lives attempting to medicate their grief with prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol. Even if they are able to eventually get some relief, they still have anniversaries and birthdays that cause them to re-live their original pain. The first few years are the worst, they tell me.
So, imagine with me the most dreadful devastating event in your life, and multiply it several times, to come even near the pain of the families of murder victims. That is what they are feeling most of the time. Our hearts go out to them. Join me today in honoring these people.
Today, September 25th, marks the annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation. You can read more about it on the website of Parents of Murdered Children, which initiated today’s observance, and download a resource kit.
An observance will take place today in Houston at 6:30 PM at Hermann Square Reflection Pond 901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002-2526. Contact 713-308-9063 for more information.In San Antonio, an observance will take place today at 7:00 PM at First Church of the Nazarene, 10715 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213. Contact 210-621-2478 for more information.
We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts today, and always.