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Resources

Each of the following publications provide suggestions and information about living with the disappearance of a loved one.

The guides have been included here even though they may have been written with a specific province or group in mind. The reason is that each publication provides good information that can be applied more broadly.

Also, you may find that the information overlaps or is slightly different even though the situation is the same. This is a reflection of the fact that not everyone reacts and deals with a missing adult in the same way.

Hopefully, by considering different options, each family and each family member can find information that is useful and comfortable to her/him.

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Ontario's Missing Adults would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for the work being done by Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, NSW Department of Justice. We appreciate your openness to sharing your work with others to assist families of the missing.

Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers

This publication is a comprehensive guide highlighting the issues and challenges faced by families of the missing. The guide provides information for families living with the disappearance of a loved one as well as service providers working with the families.

The guidebook was produced by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, NSW Department of Justice in collaboration with families experiencing the disappearance of a loved one.

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In the Loop: Young People Talking about Missing

In the Loop is a resource for young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one. It is also an informative guide for parents supporting young people when a loved one goes missing. This unique guide was written by young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one.

Developed by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit(FFMPU), New South Wales, Australia. Modified with permission.

English       French

Does a work colleague have someone missing?

Provides information about supporting a work colleague who is living with the disappearance of a loved one.

Excerpt from the "Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers"

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What is a Trigger?

Provides an explanation about what triggers are and offers tips on how to handle them when they occur. You can personalize the card with a key phrase that is meaningful to you.

Once printed and clipped, the document can be folded into the size of a business card and carried in your wallet.

The original card was created by Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, (New South Wales, Australia). It was modified from the original in agreement and co-operation of FFMPU.

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Families of Missing Adults: Finding Help

Provides information about working with police, media and protecting oneself when reaching out to the public.

Released by Ontario's Missing Adults.

English       French

Finding Your Way

Provides advice to family members and caregivers of those living with dementia. The online toolkit and information also explains how best to deal with the risk of going missing.

Developed and released by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

English       French

"Missing" Guidebook

"MISSING" Guide - A guide for families and friends of individuals with a mental illness who have gone missing. This is a step-by-step resource designed to help families and friends understand their options and take concrete steps to help find their loved one.

Although contact information is specific to Manitoba, this guide outlines steps that family and friends can take to build awareness of the situation in the community and to supplement the efforts of police.

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Missing Person Checklist

Provides families with a list of the types of information police will need when filing a missing person report.

Developed and released by the Saskatchewan Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons. Modified and posted with permission.

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Navigating the Missing Person Process

Provides an educational tool kit about what to do when a loved one goes missing.

Developed and released by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and their Sisters in Spirit (SIS) initative.

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Schizophrenia and Missing Persons

Provides tips on adults who are living with schizophrenia and are at risk of going missing.

Published by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

English       French

Schizophrenia: Rays of Hope (4th edition)

Provides comprehensive information for family members and caregivers of those living with schizophrenia. Included in this reference manual are suggestions for dealing with loved ones who are at risk of disappearing.

Published by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

English       French

Tips for Supporting Those Coping with the Disappearance of a Loved One

This document provides tips for supporting those living with a missing loved one. The suggestions are based on the experience of a family member living with a missing loved one.

English       French

When a Person with Dementia Goes Missing

Provides a checklist of steps to take when a loved one living with Dementia goes missing.

Developed and released by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

English       French

"Unending Not Knowing" - Missing People's overview of Ambiguous Loss

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of ambiguous loss. The fact sheet is excerpted from the An Uncertain Hope guidebook.

The guidebook was developed by the Missing People's Charity in the United Kingdom.

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