Below are some resources that LOM members have found useful to them, as well as some resources from government and community agencies. 

Favourites/Recommended by Lean On Me Members

Poems and Readings:

The Unbroken by Rashani

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi 

Kintsugi Philosophy

Two Wolves

"The best and most beautiful things on this earth cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart."


Godspeed (Sweet dreams) - Dixie Chicks 

Things to do: 

Meditation Retreats



Memorial Ceremonies, butterfly/lantern release


Individual Therapy:

Traumatic Incident Reduction - Find a Practitioner*

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Find a Therapist*

* Links are provided to assist with locating professionals. These links do not indicate referral from Lean On Me.


Free Downloadable Resources for Survivors

Grief and the Courts, written by Gwendolyn Broadmore, in dedication and gratitude for the life of her son Liam Broadmore.

Living Beyond the Murder of a Loved One: Information for Families and Others Affected by Homicide - Prepared by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Homicide Survivors – Dealing with Grief Prepared by the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime.

Navigating the Canadian Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Victims, Prepared by the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Read the monthly editions of the National Justice Network Newsletter available online. 
Lean On Me mentioned in November 2010 edition click to read

A guide for the families of homicide victims Prepared by Toronto Police Services 

Information Guide to Assist Victims Prepared by National Office for Victims, Public Safety Canada

A Crime Victim’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System, Policy Centre for Victim Issues, Department of Justice Canada

A Victim's Guide to Being a Witness & Testifying in Court, Prepared by Victims of Violence


More support for homicide survivors - Links to websites

(*note: We cannot attest to the quality of service for each resource or whether a service will be right for you. Links are for information only.)

Victims' Bill of Rights (Ontario)

Canadian Victims Bill of Rights 

Victim Services at Correctional Service Canada 

Department of Justice - Policy Centre for Victim Issues 

Parole Board of Canada

National Office for Victims (Public Safety Canada)

Office of the Federal Ombusdman for Victims of Crime

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Ministry of the Attorney General - Ontario Victim Services 

Ministry of the Attorney General - OVSS - Criminal Justice Process Flowchart

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week


Canadian Parents of Murdered Children (Carleton Place)

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (Ottawa)

Canadian Crime Victim Foundation (Newmarket)

Families and Friends of Murder Victims (Yahoo Group) 

Murdered or Missing Persons' Families' Association (Quebec)

Remember Me (York) 

Victims of Homicide Support Society of Edmonton

Victims of Violence - Canadian Centre for Missing Children

The Distress Centres - homicide support available in Toronto and Durham


Court Prep

A Crime Victim's Guide to the Criminal Justice System


Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance Across Canada (Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime)

Summary of Criminal Injuries Compensation Program Across Canada

Report on Financial Assistance for Victims of Violent Crime in Ontario

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board CICB (Ontario)

Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program FAFHV (Ontario)

Victim Quick Response Program VQRP (Ontario)

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund (Ontario)

Victims Fund (Canada)

A Victim's Guide to Financial Assistance in Ontario (from



Critical Analysis of the Relationship Between Police, Support Systems, and
Victim’s Families Following a Homicide or Sudden Death (2013) Lauren Anne Ostrowski, Trent University & Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service Victim Services Unit

Guide to the Criminal Justice Process and Glossary of Terms (2013) Lauren Anne Ostrowski, Trent University & Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service Victim Services Unit

Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide (2011) Louise Casey CB (source: Ministry of Justice UK)

Victims in the Criminal Process (2006) Cathy Hutchison, Probation Officers Association of Ontario