The death of a loved one by suicide often means trying to cope with a confusing mixture of feelings that time and everyday sources of support may not ease. Suppressed grief does not disappear!
Questions survivors often deal with:
- Am I going crazy?
- Am I to blame?
- What will happen now?
- Can I live through this pain?
- How could he/she do this to me?
- How do I tell others about this suicide?
- What are people thinking?
Although family and friends may be supportive for a period after the death, there comes a time when they are no longer able to cope with the survivor's grief. They may want the survivor to "get back to normal" before he/she is ready. The Suicide and Crisis Service of Santa Clara County offers a means to resolve these feelings of grief through an on-going series of support groups. These adult support groups meet once a week, for a series of eight weeks.
Here survivors have the chance to know and talk to others who are recovering from a similar experience. Together, survivors share practical solutions to everyday problems. More importantly, survivors learn that they are not alone--that others who have survived the death of a loved one by suicide understand.
For further information, call the SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM