Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation - A 501(c)3 non-profit organization  

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Lost someone to suicide?

After a Suicide:  Coping With Your Grief

Sometimes it's very hard to recover from the loss of a loved one by suicide.  As a survivor of such loss, please seek professional help if you:

  • Have thoughts of suicide (call the free, confidential Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK/8255).  The Lifeline can also be a source for help with grief issues, such as those below.

  • Repeatedly experience loss of control of your emotions (anger or rage, guilt or regret, blame or revenge).
  • Feel depressed or traumatized for weeks with no relief.
  • Cope by using alcohol, drugs, or other unhealthy means.
  • Cannot function in essential ways for days at a time (personal hygiene, daily necessities, basic responsibilities)

Everyone experiences grief differently.  

Below are ways you can care for yourself as you grieve.                                                                                   

Reprinted from  Save (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

www.SAVE.org

Physically

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat regularly and healthfully.
  • Take walks or engage in some physical activity.

Mentally & Emotionally

  • Explore your memories of the person who died.
  • Accept your feelings, even if they are intense or confusing.
  • Know that grief can be painful, but most people learn to cope with their loss.

Socially

  • Talk about the person who died with people you trust.
  • Share only what you want with people you choose.
  • Avoid people or situations that are unhelpful to you.
  • Seek support from others who have lost someone to suicide.

Spiritually

  • Engage in rituals that honor the person who died.
  • Participate in prayer, meditation or worship.
  • Talk with clergy or with people who share your beliefs.
  • Search for meaning in your loss.

Heartbeat                      Survivors After Suicide

Meets 3rd Tuesday monthly 

7:00-9:00 pm

Miller House

3190 12th St.

Grand Junction, CO


For families who have lost a loved one in uniform              to suicide

www.taps.org/survivors/survivor.aspx?id=6320

Hospice & Palliative Care

Grief Support

Call 866-310-8900

American Association            of Suicidology 

Resources for those who have lost someone to suicide:

Surviving After Suicide


Beyond Surviving:  25 Suggestions for Survivors


Helping Survivors of Suicide:  What can you do?


Books recommended by AAS for Survivors