Murder or manslaughter
Bereavement is a painful experience for anyone, but when you lose someone because of the violent actions of another person – through murder or manslaughter – it can be particularly devastating.
Last year our National Homicide Service supported more than 2,256 people bereaved by murder and manslaughter in England and Wales. This vital service helped people navigate and know what to expect from the criminal justice system, helped with immediate practical needs, helped them access financial assistance and access services such as bereavement counselling, restorative justice, debt advice, legal advice and much more.
Feelings after a murder
As well as coping with your loss, the knowledge that it was caused by the conscious actions of another person can be incredibly distressing, and cause you to experience strong, sometimes overpowering feelings.
Every person experiences bereavement differently and your feelings may change from day to day. Over time you may feel a wide range of emotions. Talking about what you’re going through and how you feel can’t change what’s happened, but it can help in other ways.
While those around you may want to help support you, they may also be struggling to cope at this difficult time. So having someone else to listen and help can be very important.