Somone You Love has Ended Their Own Life -- and Yours is Forever Changed
Why do we use the term "survivor" when we lose someone to suicide? Because mourning a death by suicide is a much more intense and confusing process than mourning a death from natural causes. Words are completely inadequate to describe the raw, painful emotions of confusion, guilt, possible anger and depression, but accepting them as part of the grieving process is essential. How well we learn to survive our loss depends on how well we learn to cope. With hard work and support we can eventually find our way through the unbearable pain and towards a place of acceptance. This website is filled with ways to help.
What is Grief? | Everyone Grieves Differently | Myths and Facts about Grief | Are There Stages of Grief? | How Stressful is a Suicide? | Grief Can Be a Roller Coaster | Common Symptoms of Grief | Coping with Grief and Loss | When Grief Doesn’t Go Away | Complicated Grief | The Difference Between Grief and Depression | Can Antidepressants Help Grief? | When to Seek Professional Help for Grief | The Work of Grief | Am I Going Crazy? | Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide | How to Grieve When You Need to Work, Care, Give and Live | Keeping Busy-Exhausting and Not Emotionally Helpful | Mourning is Lifelong | Helping a Surivor Heal | Grief and How to Deal With it, A No-Nonsense Approach | Elder Suicide
Find Solace in a Survivor Support Group
Making sense of a suicide is an emotional journey. Support groups are a form of mutual self-help where those bereaved share their experiences dealing with their loss. Groups may be peer-led by a volunteer who is also a survivor or they may be professionally led. In a safe, supportive environment, survivors learn they are not alone as they share their stories and learn from others.
Other Excellent Web Sites
Personal Stories from Suicide Survivors
Silent Siblings: A Personal Story | Grief as a Transformation: A Mother’s Story | Suicide and Healing: A Father’s Story | Christa’s Story: A Sibling’s Story | Sam's Story: Remembering a Friend | I Was Saved, He Was Not: A Sibling's Story | A Spouse's Story: Me Darlin' Ariel
Suicide Survivor Handbook
Books that Help
Poetry for Commiseration and Inspiration