As part of our MrBallen Foundation series, we have Bev Warnock, the executive director of Parents of Murdered Children, an organization dedicated to supporting families devastated by the unimaginable loss of a loved one to violence.

As I spoke with Bev, I couldn’t help but feel the weight of her mission. The pain and grief that these families endure is unfathomable. But within that darkness, Parents of Murdered Children brings a glimmer of hope, a lifeline for those navigating the turbulent waters of grief.

The organization’s origins trace back to a tragic incident in 1978 when a young woman’s life was cut short by the hands of her ex-boyfriend. From this heart-wrenching loss emerged a gathering of parents who, like broken pieces, found strength in coming together. And thus, Parents of Murdered Children was born, offering solace, compassion, and a sense of belonging to those who’ve walked this unimaginable path.

In this episode, Bev shares the struggles these families face – the legal battles, the lingering questions of why, and the challenge of rebuilding lives while never letting go of precious memories. She tells us about the profound importance of remembering those lost, and how even the simplest acts of remembrance can comfort a grieving heart.

But it’s not just the families that bear the weight of grief; the entire community also suffers. Bev talks about how parents struggle to cope with their grief while helping their surviving children navigate their pain. It’s a heartbreaking balance that requires understanding and support from everyone around them.

So, as we delve into this episode of All-Volunteer, All Heart, let us remember the strength and courage of those facing unimaginable heartbreak. And may we all be inspired to reach out, listen, and remember the stories of those who may no longer be with us but whose memories will forever be cherished in the hearts of those they left behind.

Bev and Susan gave a few challenges and action items in this episode:

  1. Reach out to someone who has lost a loved one and share a favorite memory or story about the person. Let them know that their loved one is not forgotten and that their memory lives on in the hearts of others.
  2. Encourage friends and family members to be patient and understanding with grieving parents or loved ones. Offer a listening ear and let them express their emotions without judgment or pressure to move on.
  3. Challenge yourself to attend a support group or grief workshop if you have experienced the loss of a loved one to violence. Connecting with others who have gone through similar experiences can be a crucial step in the healing process.
  4. Consider volunteering or supporting organizations like Parents of Murdered Children that provide vital resources and support to families affected by violence. Your contribution, whether big or small, can make a significant difference in someone’s life.
  5. Be mindful of the impact of domestic violence and strive to raise awareness about its devastating consequences. Support initiatives that address and prevent violence within communities, as fostering a safe and nurturing environment is essential for everyone’s well-being.



Links from this episode:

MrBallen Foundation

Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids