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