Healing from a peer or family death is never easy.
The journey of healing and adjustment to death is even more complicated with violent and traumatic or sudden deaths.
Television and print media can help or blunt the "this journey no one asked for."
Imagine the sudden or violent death of a child, teen, or spouse in your family.
And then, 6 months or 2 yrs later you open the paper or watch TV and your death experience is once again with
no notice to you.
The death experience comes back on you and your kids at once.
This happens in print many times when there is a related story such as a murder-suicide and the reporter republishes your story as part of the new story.
Crime based deaths can be so emotional and take years to work through the courts. There are trails long after a difficult death, even appeals, release, and parole yrs later. And these news items can just pop-up without notice at any time.
So, this grief journey is hard for everyone. The media can have a role in both promoting healing as well as become a barrier to the personal or family healing journey.
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