Each year, on September 25 , HSI hosts a local event in observance of The National day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. We partner with a local community organization to create a dynamic memorial event for Survivors. Themes often include a digital photo montage of loved one, along with unique performances to honor the lives lost to homicide. The ceremony is filled with a candle lights and an opportunity for survivors to say thee name of their loved ones out loud.
A Tucson tradition that takes place the first weekend of November, The All Souls Procession is “a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and rejoicing of life.” Homicide Survivors began participating informally in this procession by inviting survivors to meet and walk through the procession together. Since then, it has become one of our staple community events. Crafting ceremonial pieces of art, such as flower crowns and decorating photos of loved ones, offers a non traditional therapeutic approach to celebrate the lives of those lost by homicide.
Every November, HSI hosts an evening of honoring our loved ones for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck. It is an opportunity to sharing stories, showing gratitude and supporting fellow survivors during the holiday season. We honor loved ones with memory boards and ask survivors to bring a favorite dish in honor of their loved one to share.
Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In honor of NCVRW, Homicide Survivors Inc. hosts an annual candlelight vigil to honor the lives lost to homicide.
Our annual awards dinner and fundraiser is an evening to celebrate life, learn more about the services that HSI provides to the community, while honoring those who have been champions for survivors of homicide.