TUCSON, Ariz. - The Homicide Survivors group is working to bring cheer to children and adults who are dealing with a traumatic loss by hosting their annual cookies with Santa event.
The event is scheduled to take place on Dec. 13 at the Tucson Police Department Rillito Substation starting at 5:30 p.m. and will go until 7:30 p.m.
The homicide survivors groups put on the event every year with the hope of bringing joy during the holiday season to those who may be going through a tough time.
Sue Dupee lost her daughter, Stephanie, more than 20 years ago in a double homicide. Now, Dupee puts her energy into being an advocate for the Homicide Survivors group.
This is Stephanie Dupee, her mom, Sue Dupee, lost her in a double homicide in 1995 - #NOW, Sue is an advocate with @HSI_AZ and works to help ease the pain of others, especially during the holiday season - #MORE on @kgun9 at 6 pic.twitter.com/vlb16Ijrv7— Veronica Acosta (@VeronicacostaTV) December 12, 2018
She lost Stephanie in August of 1995, she said Christmas that year was the hardest for her for many reasons.
"We had certain traditions and all we could do was try and concentrate or focus on keeping her presense, keeping her with us," said Dupee.
Now, that Dupee is an advocate with the Homicide Survivors organization, she recommends those dealing with a loss try the following.
- Join a support group
- Get out of bed, even when you don't want to
- Embrace traditions you had with your loved one
- Keep busy
For more information on support groups put together through the Homicide Survivors organization, click here.