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When notifying parents of missing children that there child was found dead,what would be the best way to give this kind of information to the parents without making the situation worst?
Nicole
02/18/2009
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OVCRC
08/28/2008
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Was the last notification you delivered as hard as the first? In other words, does it get easier?
Keith N.
08/28/2008
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Ellie B.
01/05/2009
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What procedures should be in place to assure that those being notified are actual family members of the deceased?
Gilbert L.
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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What if the person being notified has small children present? What special assistance should be provided under those circumstances?
Camryn J.
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Should you physically comfort the person you are notifying - such as by hugging them?
Lauren L.
08/28/2008
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Virginia Hansen
01/12/2009
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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As a health care provider, how can the techniques you illustrate be used to give these notifications when the final outcome is uncertain, (may or may not include death, but can include limitless other poss...
Aaron
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What kind of training do you recommend for victim advocates who would like to be part of the death notification team?
Samata Horwitz
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What process should be used to determine who should deliver the notification?
Jason M.
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What are some tips when delivering a death notification when there is a language barrier and one must use a translator?
Kerry
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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I am a victim advocate. When a child dies, what, if any, is the appropriate length of time to wait before contacting the family to offer services?
MaryBeth
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Have you ever delivered a death notification to someone you suspected of being responsible for the death?
Katherine K.
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What are some things to avoid when doing a death notification?
Pete N.
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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As a police officer, I have delivered a few notifications over the years. Some folks have taken the news badly and been outwardly upset with the officers. What should we do when trying to help the family, ...
Ralph Cahoon
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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While it is best practice to deliver a notification in person it is not always possible. What do you feel is the most appropriate way to continue to attempt to contact in person? Different approaches inclu...
Ann
08/28/2008
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Kathleen Adkins
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Mr. Jenkins, the question I want to ask is how to prepare my fellow chaplains in be able to make death notices, but also to go beyond the notice and not to make this a platform to get people to come to the...
Pastor Jim
08/28/2008
arrow icon ... continued. I believe that people can be angry with God a...
Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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What would you suggest is the best approach in the situation when delivering a death notification to the sole male resident (father or the husband of the victim), and this male remains very calm but soon a...
B. Bagi
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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What do you recommend to effectively educate the broader public about the types of questions or statements they should or should not say to victim families who have just learned of their loved one's death?...
Nancy Sabin
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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I am a law enforcement chaplain. In our training academy we were discouraged from using the words "I'm sorry" while giving a death notification, because it could be perceived as our taki...
Meta Velez
08/28/2008
arrow icon ... continued. Fourth, you are the messenger, not the cause ...
Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
arrow icon Oh boy. I heartily disagree with this and here is why: First...
Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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Janice Lord
08/28/2008
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Will you cover the nuances of suicide in this discussion?
Debbie Ruggles
08/28/2008
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Bill Jenkins
08/28/2008
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