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Losing a loved one through suicide

Story Highlights

  • Out of the Darkeness
  • Suicide Loss Help
  • Bill of Mourner's Rights

Losing a loved one through suicide is perhaps one of the most painful experiences a person can endure.

They are often left with questions that haunt them. Like why, and what could I have done, or why didn’t I see it coming. Why didn’t they ask for help. Sometimes they blame themselves and cannot find closure. In addition to the deep pain they will feel anger, guilt, remorse, shock, confusion, anxiety, bewilderment, depression, loss, a gaping void. Then there is the whole aura of stigma attached.

Fortunately we live in an age where we have resources at our fingertips to help guide us, and offer support during this devastating period of our life.

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right!

AFSP are perhaps the most well known suicide prevention organizations out there. Their “Out of the Darkeness” walks attract thousands of people from all over the country each year to raise awareness. Many of the participants and fund-raisers are those who have lost loved ones to suicide. They also offer information on coping with suicide loss, support groups, outreach programs, and an e-network. Their website is packed with information pertaining to suicide loss help. Click Here for a direct link. Click here for more information about their walks.


By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

If you are struggling yourself with suicidal thoughts visit our resources page here. If you are in need of immediate help, call 911.

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