I've Lost Someone

Grief is a normal response after losing someone important to us.

When someone dies by suicide, those bereaved often experience a very complicated form of grief caused by a combination of sudden shock, unanswered questions of “Why?”, and feelings of “What could I have done?” They may experience a range of emotions highlighting the dramatic personal effect suicide can have and the important, yet difficult, task of helping someone bereaved by suicide. 

For those dealing with the loss of someone they know due to suicide, it’s important they feel comfortable talking about their reactions openly and honestly, find support to make sense of what has happened, deal with their grief in a healthy way, and learn how to move forward with their life after the loss.

How does suicide bereavement affect us? Suicide loss can impact both physical and mental health. It is important people bereaved by suicide are treated with compassion and support.

Those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide may experience:

Help and support after a loss caused by suicide If you are dealing with the loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, it is important to find support to make sense of what has happened, deal with the grief, and learn how to move forward and live with your loss. ​

The pain of suicide loss can’t be erased quickly. But there are things you can do that will help:

  1. Take time out — It’s OK to give yourself time away from the pain you are experiencing by doing something you enjoy, even if you don’t feel like doing it at the time.
  2. Stay connected and accept support — From friends, family, and support networks. This will reduce your sense of isolation and feelings of loneliness associated with grief.
  3. Honor the deceased person — Talk about them, keep a journal, share memories and photos.
  4. Stay healthy — Eat well, exercise, try to sleep, and avoid drugs and alcohol.
  5. Prioritize daily tasks — only do what is essential, avoid making major decisions until you can think more clearly.
  6. Ask for help if you need it — Talk to a counselor/psychologist, a helpline like Lifeline, or friends and family to find comfort, support, and ways to cope.
  7. Join a suicide bereavement support group — Sharing your experience with others who have been through similar experiences will help you realize you are not alone and that you can survive. (Provided by Lifeline.org)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Hopeline Network
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

These toll-free crisis hotlines offer 24-hour suicide prevention and support. Your call is free and confidential.