Losing a loved one to suicide can be extremely difficult. You may wonder if you could have done more to help them or you may not understand why it happened. It’s important to acknowledge that suicide is not your fault. Someone’s decision to end their life is for many reasons that cannot always be understood.

You will experience a wide range of grief stages, including the feeling ashamed and angry. Other people may treat you differently because they do not understand suicide.

Here are a few ways to help you cope with your loss:

  • Remember that your feelings are real.
  • Share their feelings with family and friends. Tell them what you need.
  • Find a support group in your community. It may be helpful to talk to other people who lost a loved one by suicide.
  • Healing takes time and you can take as much time as you need.
  • Honor your loved one’s life in a way that is meaningful to you.

If you are having a hard time coping, it is a good idea to talk to a professional grief counselor or mental health provider.

WE THE LIVING


Who we are

“We are a peer-based support group for those that have lost loved ones to suicide that meets monthly in Fort Wayne. There are no costs to attend and all discussions are confidential.”

VISITING NURSE


“Visiting Nurse believes that providing interactive Grief & Loss Education serves as an integral part in honoring life.  Furthermore, education plays an important role in wellness as human beings and in our ability to adapt to change.”