Bereaved by suicide?
Bereaved by suicide?
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 need time to heal. They need to be surrounded by people who can give them consistent support, who don’t try to tell them how to feel and who offer a shoulder to lean on.
- We have created a Forefront Cares package to let individuals and families 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
“Thank you so much for the care package. Hearing from your group provided a bit of comfort in this time of indescribable pain. The tea and chocolate brought a smile, some of your reading material, tears.”
To order a Forefront Cares package for an individual or family in need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The package is free for those who live within Washington State and who have lost someone to suicide in the past year. Please note, Forefront Cares staff will need to speak with the bereaved to gather some information before we can send a Forefront Cares package. If you are referring a friend, please include their phone number and email address as well as their street address.
- We also provide short-term telephone support for those newly bereaved by suicide. We work to match new loss survivors with trained survivor/volunteers based on the type of loss experienced.
To request telephone-based peer support from a trained loss survivor, please call Forefront Cares at 206 291-7279. You will be asked to provide information to make the best match. Once requested, the peer support volunteer will try to make contact within two weeks and will maintain communication only if requested.
OTHER RESOURCES, including professional resources in the aftermath of a client suicide.
- Passing Reflections: Surviving Suicide Loss Through Mindfulness (book)
- Survivors of Suicide Loss sharing their journey through grief (video)
- Talking to children after a suicide death (Dougy Center) [pdf]
- Ways to memorialize your loved one
- Beyond Surviving: Suggestions for Survivors
- Additional reading list
- Sample professional practices for responding to a client suicide: