Site coordinators should strive to accommodate, as much as feasible, the diverse range of daily and annual observances that may be important to the victims. Involving survivors in planning these observances can be therapeutic and promote further connection and support among a diverse group of victims who share a common tragedy.
Holidays and Religious Observances
In a mass violence and terrorism trial that involves individuals from diverse religions, cultural backgrounds, and national origins, court schedules may conflict with observances that are not widely recognized or acknowledged with a federal holiday. Special consideration is necessary if a trial is in session during a religious holiday or period of observance. When planning observances with victims who are displaced from home, staff, coalition members, and volunteers should consider issues of grief, depression, and displacement that may be enhanced during holidays.