A loved one’s suicide is a challenging, confusing, and painful experience. If you are struggling, there are resources that can help.
You don’t have to cope with your loss alone. There are support groups specifically for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Don’t feel pressured to talk right away. If you choose to discuss your loss, speaking cangive your friends and family the opportunity to support you in an appropriate way.
You may find it helpful to write your feelings or to write a letter to your lost loved one. This can be a safe place for you to express some of the things you were not able to say before the death.
Don’t be afraid to let your friends provide support to you, or to look for resources in your community such as therapists, co-workers, or family members.
Supporting someone who has lost a loved one can feel overwhelming and complex. There are ways to help.
Accept their feelings: Loss survivors grapple with complex feelings after the death of a loved one by suicide, such as fear, grief, shame, and anger. Accept their feelings and be compassionate and patient, and provide support without criticism.
Use sensitivity during holidays and anniversaries: Events may bring forth memories of the lost loved one, and emphasize the loved one’s absence.
Use the lost loved one’s name: Use the name of the person who has died when talking to survivors. This shows that you have not forgotten this important person, and can make it easier to discuss a subject that is often stigmatized.
For tips on how to practice active listening, click here.
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