Ladera Ranch is a planned community located directly outside the city limits of San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo. The community has a population of about 25,000 people. Ladera Ranch is considered an affluent Orange County enclave. Ladera Ranch is divided up into individual villages. These villages are:

  • Oak Knoll Village
  • Bridgepark
  • Flintridge Village
  • Township
  • Wycliffe Village
  • Echo Ridge Village
  • Avendale Village
  • Terramor Village
  • Covenant Hills

Each village has a clubhouse. Ladera Ranch has its own, private waterpark. Residents have access to good schools and the community is blessed with a consistently low crime rate.

Shocking Suicide Stuns Ladera Ranch

Despite the high quality of life in Ladera Ranch, tragedy can and does strike the community. One of the horrible events that rocked the community was the suicide of a Ladera Ranch Middle School student.

Out of respect for the family of the deceased student, only limited information was released about the incident. The school was highly active in reaching out to parents and students with services and resources available to grieving students in the aftermath of the suicide of one of their own.

The Aftermath of a Suicide or Other Violent Death

As noted previously, the specifics surrounding the death of the Ladera Ranch middle school student are being kept private out of respect for the young person’s family. With that said, when a suicide occurs through some sort of violent devices like a firearm or knife, family members face the potential for even more trauma in the aftermath in the aftermath of self-inflicted death. When any type of violent death occurs in a residence (or business), those associated with the deceased person are responsible for the cleanup.

A misconception exists that the police, sheriff, or coroner address a biohazard cleanup in Ladera Ranch. The only time a governmental entity is involved in a biohazard cleanup in Ladera Ranch is if a death occurs at some sort of public property, like one of the community’s recreational centers.

Basics of Biohazard Cleanup in Ladera Ranch

Following a physically traumatic event like suicide, homicide, or other violent incidents, addressing blood and bodily fluids becomes an issue. Blood and other bodily fluids can contain dangerous pathogens that can be spread to other people when appropriate safety precautions are not utilized. These safety precautions include utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment:

  • Goggles
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Uniform, smock, or apron

There exists what can fairly be described as a two-part objective when it comes to biohazard cleanup in Ladera Ranch. First, an objective is to ensure that the biohazard remediation process is undertaken in a completely safe manner.

Second, a biohazard cleanup must be comprehensive and thorough. The final goal of this process if to return a home to a wholly livable condition or a business to a completely usable one. This typically involves four key steps:

  • Initial cleanup
  • Sanitization
  • Deodorization
  • Restoration

Ladera Ranch Grief Therapists

Losing a family member by suicide, or some other sudden or violent death results in a challenging, complicated grieving process. A person in such a situation may find the grieving process quite overwhelming.

There are Ladera Ranch grief therapists that have the background and compassion necessary to work with a person facing the loss of a loved one by suicide, homicide, or some other violent death. This assistance can be provided via individual and group therapy. These include:

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health Care Services
Ladera Ranch, California 92694
(949) 273-2912

Jeanie Charfen
2900 Bristol Street, Suite G101
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(949) 505-9858

Due to the smaller population of Ladera Ranch, there are additional grief therapists and other types of counselors in nearby communities as well. All of these professionals typically will schedule an initial consultation with a prospective client at no cost and no obligation.

Grief and Bereavement with Children

Children face loss, grief, and the bereavement process differently than adults do. Adults can identify children struggling with grief by recognizing these signs:

  • Emotional shock
  • Regressive behavior
  • Explosive emotions
  • Acting out conduct
  • Asking the same questions repeatedly

There are a set of strategies that adults need to consider when it comes to supporting children through the grief process. These include:

  • Understand that children understand death differently than adults
  • A child’s understanding of death is associated with age and maturity level
  • Recognize that grieving is a process and not an isolated event
  • Don’t presume the bereavement process for children will be predictable
  • Recognize that grief and the bereavement process is difficult
  • Don’t lie to children about a tragic event, including a suicide of a peer
  • Encourage children to ask questions
  • Adults need to pay heed to their own need to grieve

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