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.

Suicide Survivors Face Grief, Questions, Challenges

The recent, untimely deaths of Kate Spade, reportedly from depression-related suicide, and of Anthony Bourdain, also from apparent suicide, came as a surprise to many.

Lessons Learned: Forty Years of Clinical Work with Suicide Loss Survivors

After briefly reviewing some of the empirical literature about differences between suicide bereavement and grief after other modes of death, the author argues that perhaps the most distinguishing and difficult aspect of a suicide loss is the “perceived intentionality” of the death, and the relat...

A Complicated Burden

There was nothing Sandy Boucher could have done to prevent the tragedy. Yet decade after decade, she has carried the burden of guilt. This is a meditation on living with what cannot be undone.

Trying to Understand What Drives People to Suicide

Readers, including those who have attempted suicide or who have lost family members, offer their insights.


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