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Resources to Share with Families Grieving a Death by Suicide

by | Feb 26, 2019 | For Families, Funeral Profession

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Oftentimes, due to the stigma of suicide, many families who lost a family member to death by suicide don’t get the support they need to cope. They feel too ashamed or heartbroken to reach out to people in their community. Likewise, others may be too afraid to bring up the death to them.

Since this is unfortunately true, it’s up to funeral directors to provide resources to these families during their time of grieving. We have compiled some helpful resources for you to share with your families. 

Support After Suicide 

This helpful resource guide has various sections about coping with death by suicide. Some include returning to work, communicating with children, and guidelines for schools.

Alliance of Hope 

The Alliance of Hope is for suicide loss survivors. This organization reminds people that they are not alone in their loss. Their website includes an online forum where survivors can connect, resources for those who just lost someone to suicide, and a blog with helpful information about suicide loss.

Friends for Survival 

This organization is unique because all of its staff and volunteers have been directly impacted by suicide. They have several publications, a monthly newsletter, and a suicide loss helpline all resources to help your families.

Preventing Suicide: How to Start a Suicide Support Group 

If you or the families you serve are interested in starting a suicide support group, this is a great resource. In this guide you will find the importance of support groups, how to get started, potential drawbacks, and more.

Suicide: Finding Hope 

Sometimes, after a person loses a loved one to suicide, they may consider taking their own life. This resource helps these individuals understand their feelings and learn strategies to cope with them.

What suicide loss resources do you share with your families? Share them in the comments below!

If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide or needs additional resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

1 Comment

  1. Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors

    Hi Lexi. thank you so much for providing this resource. Many people do not realize how profoundly impacted suicide loss survivors are, and how critical healing support is for this wounded population – indeed, it is not uncommon for people closest to the loss to become suicidal themselves in the aftermath. The Alliance of Hope was founded by suicide loss survivors as a labor of love. Our staff and volunteers are loss survivors who understand. We provide 24/7 online healing support in our online survivors forum, which is overseen by a mental health professional, and operates like a 24/7 support group. For many people in rural areas, it is their only source of support. Thank you again for your commitment to help families bereaved by suicide.

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