Samaritans volunteer and former Board member Jane Quercia has been involved with Samaritans for 30 years. This is her story.
In addition to this pervasive question of “why," survivors may also struggle with powerful feelings of confusion, guilt, remorse, anger, abandonment, shame, fear of another suicide, depression, and sometimes their own feelings of wanting to be dead.
I had isolated myself in my grief, and I was convinced that nobody else could ever possibly understand my loss – how could they? But then, at the 5K, I was face-to-face with so many people who did understand, and my heart felt filled with hope for the first time in so long.
When Adrienne Pilarski lost her Uncle Tom to suicide in 2016, she wasn’t sure what to do. “I had many mixed emotions and didn’t really know how to respond to his death,” she says.