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Grief Counseling after a Suicide

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:19 PM
​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:
  • Why?
  • 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