Surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide can’t be summed up in a word or two. Survivors struggle with shock, guilt, grief, anger, unanswered questions and so much more. Because of the stigma attached to suicide, survivors may be reluctant to seek help because of shame, embarrassment and fear of blame.
The grief work that follows therefore can be complex and long-term. Continuous support from family and friends is a crucial step to healing. For further information, see the American Association of Suicidology Fact Sheet on survivors of suicide.
Suicide Survivors Resources
The web is full of resources – some good, some bad – for grieving family and friends. Following are some reputable organizations and support groups that may be helpful to grieving survivors.
- Survivors of Suicide Support Network Central Ohio – Provides support and resources to those who have lost someone to suicide. Alongside suicide prevention awareness and education, the network also aims to take away the stigma associated with suicide. Valuable contacts and support group resources also are available.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention– A wonderful resource for friends and families coping with suicide loss. Information includes coping with the holidays, talking to children, a financial guide and much more.
- Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)– A service for Ohio State students that can help you work through some of your grief on survivors of suicide.