Casualty affairs and graves registration personnel, family assistance
Army Community Service workers/volunteers
Red Cross representatives
Medical and mental health workers
Chapel community volunteers, and fellow chaplains.
Delayed grief and/or stress reactions are common for these groups and
their members' spouses.
A chaplain should attend crisis workshops, prebriefing sessions,
and organizational meetings for professional and volunteer groups
to demonstrate the availability of chaplains' services.
Local chaplains should ensure that bereaved families, Survival
Assistance Officers and visiting chaplains have their basic
locations and chapels.
The conventions and desires of local
chaplains must be taken into consideration at the visited site.
The Post Chaplain, assisted by the Division Chaplain, should
assume the role of media point of contact for chaplains in
coordination with the Commanding General and the Public Affairs
Office at the post.
The media point of contact should be
prepared to provide advice and information to chaplains
organizing memorial services throughout the Army.
chaplains should be spared media inquiries and interviews until
after the crisis.
Chapel services should also be conducted for those in the
Assistance Officers, etc.).
Chaplains should continue to be
aware that those in service provider roles are not immune to
stress and grief reactions.
The Military Community
To offer words of spiritual strength and resolution both at memorial
services and informally so that the dead will be honorably remembered, and
so the community will make the transition from the shock of unexplainable
death and the confrontation with members' own mortality to a focus on life
and the living.
Unsolicited monetary donations to meet families' needs will begin
to come in to the chaplain's office both by mail and in person.
The existing chaplains fund may be used as a temporary site for
these contributions, but money should be transferred daily to the
Judge Advocate-designated site for disbursement.
should sit on the post command-appointed committee to review
requests for financial assistance. Nonmonetary donations (food,
toys, magazines, etc.) and offers of volunteer support should be
recorded and immediately directed to the designated center for