Rest In Peace Fund: Violent deaths exact a tremendous physical and emotional toll on individuals, families, and entire communities. However, the surviving relatives of a murder victim; the parents, sisters, brothers, and grandparents face the additional trauma and stress of having to bury the victim, often with insufficient financial resources. While there are organizations that can work with families in the immediate aftermath of a homicide, the fact remains that funds for burial is the biggest and most immediate hurdle that the family must address. Currently, the city of Boston does not provide any burial assistance to survivors of homicide victims. The State, through the Attorney General’s Victims Compensation Fund allocates up to $8000 funeral and burial expenses. However, this often covers only the funeral related fees and does not provide for any up front costs since it is not guaranteed to every family and funds are only distributed as a reimbursement. The cemetery/burial portion is usually one of those up front costs due in advance of the funeral and can range from $2,500- $3,700. The families of homicide victims need additional assistance with the up front burial costs which cannot be immediately distributed by Victim Compensation, including the cost of the cemetery plot, cemetery fees, and certified copies of death certificate. To address this need, The Peace Institute is leading a collaborative effort to raise money for the Rest In Peace Fund. We are asking for individuals, churches, and community organizations to donate to the Rest In Peace Fund. Donate here.