Line of Duty Death Survivors: What Do They Need to Cope With Their Grief?

by Peggy Sweeney

Funeral arrangement announced for local detective fatally shot in the line of duty

This newsworthy article is often overlooked by the casual reader. Local newspapers and e-news headlines report the sad event of another fallen hero; the tragic death of a brave police officer or firefighter who has died in the line of duty. A dedicated professional who sacrificed his or her life to serve and protect or that homes and property would be saved from the ravages of fire, floods, or other forces of nature. Continue reading “Line of Duty Death Survivors: What Do They Need to Cope With Their Grief?”

Grief Study

Peggy Sweeney began her career as a mortician and bereavement educator thirty years ago. Since 1990, Peggy has developed and taught countless workshops on coping with traumatic loss and grief for professionals and families including the Grieving Behind  the Badge program for public safety officers, emergency response professionals, and our military personnel.

She received numerous certifications including Bereavement Trauma and Emergency Crisis Response from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She has hosted monthly support groups including Comfort and Conversation for grieving adults and teens and Halo of Love for bereaved parents.

Peggy also served her various hometowns as a firefighter, EMT-B, and Hospice volunteer. She has devoted her time and efforts to making a positive change in the lives of others and reducing the number of suicides that are becoming all too common in the military and first responder communities. She was humbled to receive the Firefighter of the Year award from her Texas fire department.

No stranger to grief, Peggy has experienced grief several times: the sudden death of her dad in 1975, the slow death of her mother to illness in 2002, the death of her baby brother 24 hours after his birth when she was 12 years old, the suicide death of my 49-year-old brother-in-law, and years of waiting for my estranged son to contact his family. But the most painful grief I have felt is the death of my baby due to an ectopic pregnancy. 

You may contact Peggy if you have a question or wish to suggest a topic of interest. peggy@sweeneyalliance.org

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