Can True Crime Help You Cope with Death?

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Playing Why are We So Fascinated with True Crime?

The true crime genre is extremely popular when it comes to movies, television, podcasts and books, but could this dark content actually help people who are suffering from a loss of their own?

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The Doctors are joined by Scott Michaels, who owns Dearly Departed Tours in Hollywood, to discuss his personal obsession with the Manson murders and other notorious Hollywood crimes. He tells us his tour honors the victims of these famous crimes and helps to keep their memory alive. He notes that often the public focuses on those who commit the crimes, and not those who are the victims, and that is something he would like to change.

While true crime might be a grim topic, clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho says it can help us to better understand and cope with death and loss.

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"It gives us a safe way and a controlled way to contemplate death and to understand death, almost to make contact with the people we lost," Dr. Judy says, noting there may empowering and therapeutic benefits to consuming this type of content.

Visit the Justice for Homicide Victims website for information on how to donate to families of homicide victims.

 

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