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Facebook is a social media that brings people together from all over the world: different cultures, different backgrounds. A person can post their personal, group, or business Facebook page in the hopes of connecting with others. Facebook is also home to groups where no one wants to belong, but because of crime, they connect.

In memory of victims of serial killer Paul Dennis Reid: This Facebook page was created as "A place for people to remember and recall uplifting stories of our fallen loved ones. Forever In Loving Memory of Sarah Jackson, Andrea Brown, Steve Hampton, Ronald Santiago, Robert A. Sewell, Jr., Angela Holmes, & Michelle Mace." Friends and family of those murdered share photos, stories, and assist one another in coping with the tragedies that occurred in the Nashville area in 1997. Not about Reid. To join, click HERE.

Children of Murdered Parents: a Facebook page created for persons who have lost a parent to murder. Members assist one another in coping skills, advice, support, and some advocacy. Many members lost a parent due to domestic violence. Latest discussion: coping over the holidays. To join, click HERE.

Where is Tabitha Tuders? Created to keep Nashville's missing child Tabitha Tuders (see photo) in the public eye in the hopes of finding her. Discusses ideas on helping to locate Tabitha, exchange of information, and an online arena for friends and family to grieve and share. To join, see HERE.

In Loving Memory of Murdered Children: for friends and family of young murder victims. Also a place to share, post photos, and some advocacy. Also a place to discuss advocacy and post articles related to murder victims who are children. Click HERE for more information.

Crime Victim Advocacy: A Facebook page for victims of crime to discuss their case, post photos, and call others to advocacy. Information on missing persons may be posted in the hopes of finding those who never came home. See HERE.

United families and friends of missing person/ International Missing People: This group is "devoted to missing children and adults." This page features people of all ages who have gone missing. Articles, photos, and information may be posted. Join HERE.

Joining a group of people sharing a common issue can be beneficial, say Elaina M. Kyrouz, Ph.D. and Keith Humphreys, Ph.D, in the article Research on Self-Help and Mutual Aid Support Groups. "We focused on groups where the participants all shared some problem or condition and ran the group on their own." One study on bereavement found, "Active participation in the self-help group accompanied by involvement with group members outside the group increased bereaved parents' comfort in discussing their bereavement with others and reduced parents' self-directed anger. Psychotherapy did not have these effects...members reported that group involvement had increased their self-confidence, sense of control, happiness, and freedom to express feelings, and decreased their depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, and isolation." For more on the study, see HERE.

For my Facebook page, click HERE. Stop by and say hello!

Photo by J. Yates - Facebook HERE

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