Suicide Survivors

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People who have lost a loved one to suicide

When someone you love dies by suicide, it is common to have many different emotions. You may feel some or all of these emotions as time passes. You should also keep in mind that any emotion you feel is appropriate—there is no right or wrong way to feel. Nor is there a time line for coping with suicide. Everyone is different. The emotions and the time it takes to deal with a suicide is unique for everyone—even people in the same family. It is tragic when people struggling with such raw emotions feel criticized for not doing it the “right” way or in the “right” time frame. The point at which a person feels as if he/she is able to resume a “normal” routine varies and is part of the grieving process. IT DOES NOT indicate how much a survivor misses the person who has died, nor is it a measure of how much they loved the person who died by suicide. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself the time to grieve this tragic loss. Don’t be fearful of asking for what you need, whether it’s to talk, to go out, or just having somebody around. Suicide grief is complicated and requires a lot of support and active grieving.

It is estimated that there is about 15 million Americans who have become survivors of suicide during the past 25 years. You are not alone! We have resources to help with the grieving process.

Suicide Loss Support Groups

BOSTON AREA

Samaritans, Inc.: Safe Place

  1. 33 West Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
  2. The Laboure Center, Room 200, 275 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
  3. Grace Episcopal Church, 160 High Street, 2nd Floor, Medford Square, Route 60. Medford, MA 02155
  4. Christ Church Quincy, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA

Contact: Debbie at ddimasi@samartianshope.org or call 617-536-2460, Ext. 5230.

 

The Good Grief Program:  (not specific to suicide loss)

Boston Medical Center, 92 East Concord Street, Boston, MA

Contact: mtrozzi@bu.edu or call 617-414-4005

 

 

 

CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

The Samaritans of Cape Cod & The Islands: Safe Place

  1. Falmouth Hospital, 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA
  2. Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Room 232, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA

Contact: ccsamaritans@verizon.net or call 508-548-7999

 

CENTRAL

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group:

Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Community Education Conference Room, Gardner, MA 01440

Contact: lchaves@comcast.net or call 978-632-3240

 

Samaritans, Inc. Safe Place:

  1. 4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA
  2. The Lutheran Church of Framingham, 720 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA

Contact: Debbie at ddimasi@samaritanshope.org or call 617-536-2460, Ext. 5230

 

Ben Speaks:

Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Cole Room, Medway, MA

Contact: Maryrob400@aol.com or call  781-856-7244

 

MERRIMACK VALLEY/NORTHEAST

Carrying On

Parish House of the First Parish Unitarian Church, One Powderhouse Road, The Great Room, Groton, MA

Contact:  Steve Boczenowski at boczeno@gmail.com or call 978-448-5013

 

See A New Sun Foundation
First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, MA

Contact: Barbara at barbarawhitcomb@msn.com or call 978-486-4928

 

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley Safe Place
A program of Family Service, Inc.

  1. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915
  2. St. Michael’s Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA

Contact: Debbie at dhelms@fsmv.org or call 978-327-6671

 

 

SOUTHEAST

Samaritans of Bristol County Safe Place
627 State Road, Route 6, Westport, MA

Contact: samsfrnb@aol.com or call 508-673-3777

WESTERN

 Healing After Suicide

Brien Center Campus, Conference Room, 334 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA

Contact:  Peggy Morse at peggyf@verizon.net or call 413-441-6316

 

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA

Contact: dprof52@aol.com or call 413-525-7752

 

Surviving After Suicide

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Contact: Geraldine Unger at sas4healing@gmail.com or call 413-203-1200

 

The Garden – Center for Grieving Children and Teens

286 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

Contact: shelly.thegarden@gmail.com or call 413-584-7086, Ext. 124

 

 

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Websites

Massachusetts

Samaritans, Inc. –
www.samaritanshope.org

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley –
www.stop-suicide.org,  www.fsmv.org

Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands –
www.capesamaritans.org

Samaritans of Bristol County

www.samaritans-bristolcounty.org

See A New Sun Foundation –
www.4sans.org

National

American Association of Suicidology –
www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention –
www.afsp.org

MassMen

www.massmen.org

Suicide Prevention Action Network –
www.spanusa.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center –
www.sprc.org

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Crisis Help Lines

Massachusetts

Samaritans Statewide:
1-877-870-4673

Samaritans, Inc.:
617-247-0220

Samaritans of Cape & the Islands:
1-800-893-9900

Samaritans of Bristol County:
1-508-673-3777

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley:
1-866-912-4673 or 978-327-6607

Call2Talk:

508-532-CALL (2255)

National

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

Trevor Help Line for LGBT:
1-866-488-7386

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Books

  • A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor by Robert Baugher and Marc Calija
  • Suicide Survivors-A Guide for Those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski
  • After Suicide by John Hewitt
  • After Suicide Loss-Coping with your Grief: Jack Jordan and Bob Baugher
  • Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them by Rebecca Parkin
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One by Ann Smolin and John Guinan
  • After Suicide:A Ray of Hope by Eleanora Ross
  • In The Wake of Suicide:Stories of the People Left Behind by Victoria Alexandria
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden
  • Grief After Suicide by John R. Jordan and John L. McIntosh
  • Why People Die By Suicide by Thomas Joiner
  • No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine
  • Someone I Love Died by Suicide by Doreen Cammarata
  • Dying to Be Free by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch

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