Grief Support Services

Offering Care to Suicide Loss Survivors

Losing a loved one to suicide is a painful and difficult experience. Samaritans is here to offer suicide loss survivors nonjudgmental listening and peer support. We provide many programs to support survivors in their grieving.

Our Grief Support Services have shifted to virtual programming during the pandemic. SafePlace meetings are held via Zoom three nights a week, and other support is available by request. Participants have joined us from all over the country to connect with their peers for comfort and shared understanding.

Our Impact in 2020

27

volunteer facilitators

25

Survivor to Survivor participants

1,077

suicide loss survivor visits to SafePlace meetings

Our Grief Support Services

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SafePlace Meetings

Samaritans’ SafePlace meetings are open groups of caring people who have lost a loved one to suicide. SafePlace peer support groups for suicide loss survivors are facilitated by trained volunteers who have also lost a loved one to suicide. 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. When we are able to safely resume our in-person meetings, they will continue at all six previously offered locations: Boston, Framingham, Medford, Needham, Quincy, and Worcester. 

In response to COVID-19, in-person SafePlace meetings are suspended until further notice. In light of recommendations for physical distancing, SafePlace meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until we’re able to resume meeting in person safely. 

Survivor to Survivor Visits

Talking about such a tremendous loss can be overwhelming for some. If you’re not ready to attend a support group or if you need some extra time outside of SafePlace meetings, our volunteers are available to offer support. During Survivor to Survivor Visits, trained suicide loss survivor volunteers meet with bereaved individuals or families in their homes or another comfortable setting. Volunteers are available to listen, answer questions, and provide support and resources.

During the pandemic, our trained volunteers are available to offer support via Zoom video calls or phone calls.

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“Talking to other survivors seems to be the one thing that really helps. Please tell them how appreciative I was that they were willing to re-tell and re-live their painful stories in order to help me get through my pain. Samaritans have been an absolute lifesaver for me.”

Suicide Loss Survivor, SafePlace Participant, and Survivor to Survivor Visit Participant

Lost someone to suicide?

You may be experiencing a host of emotions in the wake of this loss: guilt, shock, anger, sorrow, or even relief. Although you may feel misunderstood or isolated by those around you, you are not alone in your grief journey. We’re here to help you cope with these emotions.

Hear the Journeys of Suicide Loss Survivors

While a loss from suicide can be an incredibly isolating experience, many people have walked this path before. At Samaritans, there is a community of loss survivors who understands your pain.