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.