Survivors of Suicide - SOS Group Finder

Author Susan H. Eastgard, MSW

When you have experienced the death of a family member or loved one by suicide you can feel overwhelmed, desperately sad, lonely, angry, confused, guilty and somehow responsible.  You may also discover that friends, co-workers and other family members don’t always know what to say or how to be supportive and comforting.  We know that the bereavement associated with a suicide death is different than other deaths; there is the suddenness of the death and there is often no easy – or clear – explanation as to why suicide was seen as a choice. 

It is always important to get help in the aftermath of a suicide death.  That help might be from a therapist who specializes in grief and loss; it might be through a support group specifically designed for individuals who are dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide.  Survivor of suicide (SOS) groups can help participants feel less alone and understood by others who have experienced a loss to suicide.  “Being with understanding others helps me try to figure out where I am, where I was, and where I might be headed in this process.”   There are SOS groups located throughout the country. Click on the button below to find one near you. 



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