Losing a loved one to suicide is a painful and difficult experience. Please know you are not alone in your grief. Samaritans’ Grief Support Services offer free support to survivors, a term used to describe people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our services are based on nonjudgmental listening, compassion and peer support.

As our efforts to build community awareness about suicide, suicide prevention and Samaritans’ services grow, we are more and more often called upon to provide assistance, support and counsel in the aftermath of a suicide. Our postvention program trains teachers and other adults who work with youth with a combination of previous tested crisis curricula and Samaritans’ befriending techniques.

You can contact us directly and speak with a staff person to go over the support that is available. Please know that we will maintain your confidentiality. Samaritans never shares personal information.

Interested in more information? Please contact Grief Support Services Manager Emily Britt at ebritt@samaritanshope.org. Due to an error in our server, if you sent an email to SafePlace@samaritanshope.org, Info@samaritanshope.org, or 5k@samaritanshope.org the week of September 15th and have not received a response, please resend your email.

SafePlace

SafePlace is an open group of caring people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. It is not a professional therapy group; rather it is peer support. The facilitators are trained Samaritans volunteers, most whom have also lost a loved one to suicide. SafePlace provides an atmosphere of acceptance for exploring feelings that are often not understood by others. It offers a chance to share helpful resources, and to give and get support through the long grief process. These meetings are free, on-going, and drop-in – there is no registration necessary.

Current SafePlace locations are in Amherst, Boston, Framingham, Medford, South Boston, South Shore (Quincy) and Worcester.

  • Amherst SafePlace meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30PM: Location TBA
  • Boston SafePlace meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30PM at Samaritans’ office: 33 West Street, Boston, MA.
  • Framingham SafePlace meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30PM at the Lutheran Church of Framingham: 720 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA.
  • Medford SafePlace meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:30 – 9:30PM at the Grace Episcopal Church: 160 High Street, 2nd Floor, Medford Square, Route 60, Medford, MA.
  • South Boston SafePlace meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30PM at the Labore Center: 275 West Broadway, Room 200, South Boston, MA.
  • South Shore (Quincy) SafePlace meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7:30 – 9:00PM at the Quincy Police Station: 1 Sea Street, Quincy.
  • Worcester SafePlace meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30PM at the Bridge: 4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA.

Survivor to Survivor

When you are coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide, the most helpful support and comfort can come from someone who has been through a similar loss. The Survivor to Survivor Network is a program in which trained volunteers who have themselves lost a loved one to suicide are available to visit those who have experienced a loss. They are available to listen, to talk, to answer questions, and to provide support and resources. These volunteers have had time to regain their strength and are carefully screened and trained by Samaritans to offer trustworthy support.

Annual Memorial

Every January, Samaritans hosts an annual memorial service open to all suicide survivors. Learn More →

Samaritans 5K

Every year many survivors participate in our Annual ‘Run for Someone Else’s Life’ 5K Run/Walk & Family Fun Festival. Learn More →

Comfort Zone Camp

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public and Samaritans, this one day camp for young survivors (ages 7 – 17) who have lost a parent, guardian, or sibling to suicide to come together to work through their grief among peers. Learn More →