Loss Survivors

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone.
There are local and national resources available to help survivors of suicide loss cope.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

A loved one’s suicide is a challenging, confusing, and painful experience. If you’re struggling, the Lifeline is always here to help.

Find a support group:

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.

Do what feels
right to you:

Don’t feel pressured to talk right away. If you choose to discuss your loss, speaking can give your friends and family the opportunity to support you in an appropriate way.

Write:

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.

Ask for help:

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.

How to Help

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 this 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.

Resources For Loss Survivors

Serving both Kansas & Missouri, SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) believes the public must be educated about suicide. There are support groups available that are peer led and open to anyone grieving from death of a suicide.

“Our hope is that Speak Up will provide education and awareness in our community bridging the gaps between community, schools and parents. We want to encourage open conversations with our children and educate our community about the different signs of children who may be at risk. We hope that you will join our fight and pledge to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.”

Website: http://speakup.us/ 

This is a compassionate, confidential and non-judgmental face to face support group open to anyone who
has lost someone to suicide. regardless of who the person was or length of time since the loss.
There is hope and there is help.

The group meets on the Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm-8:30pm
At 6222 N. Chatham Ave., Kansas City, MO 64151
(In the Century 21 All-Pro office)

 Contact Tracy Hopkins, Facilitator:
 816-803-3772 
TracyHopeGroupKC@gmail.com 

Or Contact Rachel Michener, Co-Facilitator:
 
816-572-8363
RachelHopeGroupKC@gmail.com