Starting as a cozy housing subdivision in 1925, in 1980 Cathedral City became a fully incorporated – and rapidly growing city. Cathedral City now has a population of about 55,000 residents. Cathedral City is one of nine cities in the Coachella Valley, the cite of the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Cathedral City is home to a broad mix of residents. This includes growing families and retired couples and individuals. Cathedral City is also home to a notable number of snowbirds, people who winter in the community but live elsewhere during other months of the year.

In addition to its vibrant population of “living” residents, Desert Memorial Park cemetery in Cathedral City is the final resting place of a number of celebrities. These luminaries include:

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Barbara Sinatra
  • Sonny Bono
  • Jane Wyman
  • William Powell

There is a variety of cultural, recreational, entertainment, and other options available to residents of Cathedral City, both within the town itself and in the surrounding cities in the Valley. The city also has a moderate crime rate. Both the property and violent crime rates in Cathedral City are right at the national average. They are also lower than the crime rates in Riverside County more generally, which do clock in above the U.S. average.

Cathedral City Resident Faces Elder Abuse and Murder Charges

As mentioned a moment ago, there is a sizable population of older people and snowbirds in Cathedral City. A significant percentage of snowbirds are older and retired. An alarming incident in Cathedral City involved an older person, a woman at the start of her Golden Years who was killed by her roommate.

Family members of the woman who ended up being killed were talking to her on the phone late one evening. During the course of the phone conversation, the family members started to hear what they described as a “verbal and physical disturbance.” In fact, the woman was being attacked by her roommate, a 50-year old man.

The family members immediately telephoned 911. Police and paramedics were dispatched to the residence. Despite their best efforts, paramedics were unable to revive the woman. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

The man was arrested at the scene. He was charged with the homicide, with an enhancement arising from elder abuse.

The Aftermath of a Traumatic Event: Biohazard Cleanup in Cathedral City

In the aftermath of a traumatic or violent event, family members or landlords become responsible for the cleanup of the premises where an incident occurred. This is the case for:

  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Accidents
  • Unattended deaths

Depending on the circumstances, the cleanup associated with one or another of these types of incidents can be highly challenging. There can be a tremendous amount of blood, bodily fluids, and other biological materials at the scene. These biological fluids and materials can contain what medically is known as dangerous pathogens.

Dangerous pathogens are viruses, bacteria, toxins, and microorganisms that can cause diseases or illnesses. These include potentially fatal diseases or illnesses.

Because of the potential for dangerous pathogens in these substances, a person cleaning up after a violent or traumatic incident is at risk for exposure to dangerous biohazards. This very real risk can be avoided by engaging the services of a biohazard cleanup expert.

In addition to physical risks, if a family member takes on the cleanup of a homicide, suicide, or accident scene, that individual unnecessarily adds to what is already a tremendous amount of grief and other emotions. In the end, there truly is no need for a family member to take on the added grief and stress of cleaning up after the death of a loved one when there are highly qualified professionals serving the needs of people in Cathedral City and throughout the Coachella Valley.

Cathedral City Bereavement and Grief Therapists

When a person loses a loved one through some type of traumatic death, the associated grief and bereavement process can provide to extremely challenging, even overwhelming. As a result, a person in this position may benefit from the assistance and support of a skilled, experienced Cathedral City bereavement and grief therapist.

There are a number of options available to a person struggling with loss and grief. These include individual grief therapy and group grief therapy. A bereavement therapist can assist a person in mapping out the best course of support and therapy in the aftermath of a sudden or traumatic loss of a family member or other loved one. 

Cathedral City bereavement and grief therapists include:

Jamie Trachtenberg
Cathedral City, California 92234
(917) 725-4019

Photo Courtesy of Ben Churchill.

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