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Suicide Loss Survivor

Losing a loved one to suicide is one of the most painful experiences imaginable. Living as a suicide survivor means navigating loss and grief in addition to the potential stigma around suicide, which might prevent otherwise normal forms of support from being available. There might also be intense feelings of guilt, regret, and resentment to process. However, there are others who have been in this place, and have left their stories to help us understand ways to live through this incredibly painful time.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

Surviving a Loved One’s Suicide

Readers, some of them speaking from experience, discuss how family members are often blamed or feel they could have prevented it.

Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss

Each year, more than 40,000 people die from suicide in the United States, making suicide the 10th-leading cause of death in our nation. Worldwide, more than 800,000 people are lost to suicide annually.

Thoughts from a Long-Term Survivor of Suicide Loss

Thirteen years ago, my son took his life. At the time, I could not imagine living one more day or hour without him, much less these many years.

5 Things Suicide Loss Survivors Should Know—from Someone Who’s Attempted

While I can’t speak for every person who has struggled with suicidal thoughts, I’ve spoken to enough survivors to know there are commonalities in how we’ve felt about the experience.

Telling Their Heartbreaking Stories About Suicide Loss Started a Powerful Conversation

In the past two months, three personal essays appeared on this blog that, while each uniquely told, shared a tragic connection. The authors had all lost a close family member to suicide.

My Great Wake-Up Call

Five years ago, my father fell into a deep bout of depression. Twelve months later his depression culminated in suicide.

Living with Suicide Loss

I slept a lot. I woke up each day wondering how soon I could go back to bed. Sleep medicine became part of my daily routine, and I didn’t see how this change was problematic. After all, it was just a lifestyle habit changed to cope after losing someone.

The Ripple Effect of Suicide

“A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.” Many years ago, my colleague Ken Norton, LICSW, director of NAMI New Hampshire, shared this quote, and it has stuck with me. Visually, when you see a pebble drop into a pond, it’s something small that makes a big impact.

Losing Two Siblings to Suicide

I grew up with mental illness in my family. I was the youngest of four siblings — Joan, Victor, Barbara and I — in a Syrian Jewish household. When I was young, Victor and Joan both died by suicide. These losses had, and continue to have, a profound impact on my life.

When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

Samantha recounts the grief she experienced after losing her brother to suicide.

WHAT MIGHT HELP

The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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