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. The Grief Support Services team is also available to go into communities after a suicide to offer befriending support and resources.
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 or fill out the Grief Support Services Request Form. If you are interested in becoming a Grief Support Services Volunteer, click here.
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 Boston, Framingham, Medford, Worcester, Needham and Quincy.
- 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 – 9PM at the Grace Episcopal Church: 160 High Street, 2nd Floor, Medford Square, Route 60, Medford, MA.
- Needham SafePlace* meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30PM at Riverside Trauma Center: 255 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA.
*Effective April 2017: Needham SafePlace meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the same location and time.
- Quincy SafePlace meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7:30 – 9:00PM at the Christ Church Quincy: 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA.
- 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.