The grief associated with a death by suicide can be overwhelming. In addition to the pain of losing a loved one, suicide is often sudden and unexpected. Many loss survivors are unprepared and left without a clear understanding about why their loved one took their life.
People who have experienced a suicide loss often need compassionate support from people who can listen with empathy but without judgement.
Many people have found it helpful to connect with a counselor who understands grief and loss. Counselors experienced with suicide-specific grief are helpful because this type of loss is unique.
Some people benefit from groups. Survivors of suicide loss, otherwise known as SOS groups, can also be helpful.
Forefront Cares for Washington State Residents
Forefront Suicide Prevention offers grief support after suicide loss. There are two ways you can get this support: requesting a Cares package and talking with peer support.
Forefront Cares packages are for individuals and families to know that there is a community that supports them. Each package contains educational materials on grief after a suicide as well as comfort items found to be helpful by other loss survivors.
It can also be helpful to connect with someone who understands what you are going through. Forefront Cares has trained phone-based peer volunteers ready to connect with you.
Please note, Forefront Cares staff need to confirm the package is wanted by the intended recipient. If you are requesting a package, please include the recipient’s name, phone number, email address, and street address.
Alternatively, you may call our Cares coordinator at 206.543.1016. Please leave a message that includes how we can best reach you (phone or email).
While these services are currently free to Washington state residents, we can’t deliver them without your generous support. Each Cares Package costs $50.