The grief process for survivors of suicide (those who are left behind after a friend or a loved one completes suicide) is as difficult as any other loss with the added challenges associated with common feelings such as confusion, guilt, despair, disbelief, and anger. Some things for survivors to remember are:
Survivors of suicide can find immense benefit in coming together with each other to feel less alone in their grief, to feel support from individuals who share a similar sense of loss, and to remember the loved one who was lost. Groups of survivors may choose to meet informally and infrequently to access this support, or they may choose to have a more ongoing and formally-led group process environment. Both the University Counseling Center and the Office of the Chaplain are able to offer support specifically for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one.