Coping with Loss from Suicide

If you lose someone to suicide

It is important to remember that you are not alone, and that millions of people are impacted by suicide loss. The loss of a loved one to suicide is often shocking and deeply upsetting. It is common to feel guilt, emptiness, confusion, anger, or even that your own life is not worth living.

How to cope

It is important to take care of yourself after a loss. Here are some ways to be sure you are coping in a healthy way:

  • Lean on your community for support as you grieve the loss of a loved one – talking about your loss is an important step in healing.
  • Grieve at your own pace. Everyone grieves in different ways, do what feels right for you. Don't be hurried by expectations that it's been "long enough."
  • Find a support group. You are not alone, and talking to others who understand about what happened can help enormously.
  • Know when to seek professional help. It’s okay to ask for help. We have trained professionals available 24/7, by calling the Crisis and Support Line at 503-655-8585.


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