COPING WITH SUICIDE LOSS
Losing a loved one to suicide is a painful and difficult experience. Please know you are not alone in your grief. We offer free support to loss survivors, people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our services focus on non-judgmental listening, compassion, and peer support.
Samaritans’ SafePlace meetings are open groups of caring people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Samaritans trains volunteer facilitators who are also survivors of suicide loss. SafePlace is not a professional therapy group, but rather a peer support group providing a forum for exploring feelings often not understood by others. It offers a chance to share helpful resources, and to give and get support through the long process of grieving. Meetings are free, ongoing, and drop-in. There is no registration necessary. To view upcoming dates, click on the locations near Boston and MetroWest listed below.
For more information, contact Grief Support Services Manager Emily Britt.
Survivor to Survivor Network
When you are coping with suicide loss, the most helpful support may come from someone who has been through a similar loss. Survivor to Survivor Network (SSN) is a program where volunteers who have lost a loved one to suicide visit those who have experienced a loss. They are available to listen, answer questions, and provide support and resources. These volunteers have had time to regain their strength, and Samaritans screens and trains volunteers to offer trustworthy support.
To schedule a Survivor to Survivor visit, contact Grief Support Services Manager Emily Britt.
After Suicide: Understanding Your Grief
The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on the family, friends, and communities left behind. Bereavement after suicide may entail high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, and trauma. People bereaved by suicide may also struggle with the social stigma placed on suicide.
Survivors can be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and suicidality themselves. All of this makes surviving the suicide of a loved one a potentially life-changing ordeal that requires all of the resilience that a survivor can muster, and all the support and understanding that family and community can provide.
Led by John R. Jordan, Ph.D, this presentation draws on his years of experience as a counselor specializing in work with suicide loss survivors to describe the pathways that survivors may travel. Geared towards people who are grieving a loss to suicide, as well as those who care for them (including clinicians, friends, extended family, and others), the goal is to help participants better understand suicide and the grief that may happen when a suicide occurs.
John R. Jordan, Ph.D.
John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services program of Samaritans, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts, the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
With a death by suicide, many grieving people have questions and complex emotions. In addition to our individual and family services, we offer support to communities coping with a suicide loss. We are available to discuss common reactions, coping strategies, and resiliency building. Additionally, we are available as facilitators, encouraging participants to share their experiences. Those who have requested these services include high schools, colleges, faith-based organizations, elder service centers, corporate businesses, residential facilities, and local town community members.
To schedule a Community Support workshop, contact Grief Support Services Manager Emily Britt.
Lost Someone to Suicide and Ready to Help Others?
Samaritans’ Grief Support Services volunteers have been personally affected by a loss to suicide. Our volunteers are at a place of healing, and want to help others navigate the journey after a tragic loss. Interested in becoming a Grief Support Services volunteer? Please complete the Volunteer Form, and we will contact you shortly.
Samaritans maintains confidentiality, and will never share your personal information.