Losing someone to suicide is incredibly painful. To support your friend or family member after a suicide loss, be compassionate and patient. You want to help but may worry about saying the wrong thing. At Fitchett-Mann, we want to share helpful ways to support grieving loved ones
after a suicide loss. Here are some ways you can support grieving loved ones after a suicide loss.
Coping with grief
after losing someone to suicide is a difficult process full of unpredictable ups and downs. While the journey remains complex, the compassionate support of people makes an immense difference. Continue checking in, listening without judgement, helping reduce daily burdens, and gently encouraging self-care. Also connect your grieving loved one to professional counseling, grief support groups with fellow survivors, and remembrance events when appropriate. Though nothing can take away their pain, your patience, care and understanding of their changed reality offers comfort during the most isolating times. You have to be perfect to make a positive impact. Just be present and meet them where they’re at on this profoundly challenging path ahead.