Guide for Returning to Work after a Tragic Event

Since AFPAD’s creation, our members regularly describe the challenges they face when returning to work after the murder or the disapperance of their loved one. Not only does work represent a financial necessity, but it’s also our daily environment. Presented in a practical format, the “Guide for Returning to Work after a Tragic event” applies to employers, Human Ressources Departments, unions, profesionnals in an employment setting, colleagues and the employee returning to work.


This guide was produced by the Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues (AFPAD). The content engages only the latter. All rights reserved to AFPAD. Reproduction in whole or in part of the contents of this guide is forbidden, except with prior permission received from AFPAD.



Design, coordination and writing
Justine Razafindramboa, M.Sc., psychosocial counsellor

Writing collaborators and partners

  • Alain Brunet, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and full professor at the McGill University Department of Psychiatry
  • Research Team of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute
  • Mr. Daniel Longpré, attorney
  • Dr. Christophe Nowakowski, psychiatrist
  • Nathalie Viens, M.Sc., S.W., trainer and lecturer at the Centre de formation Monbourquette, a division of Maison Monbourquette
  • Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)

We would like to thank the AFPAD family members who generously shared their experiences.

Financial support
This document was made possible due to the financial support from the Ministry of Justice in Quebec.


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