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


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 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: or call 617-414-4005





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: or call 508-548-7999



Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group:

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

Contact: 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 or call 617-536-2460, Ext. 5230


Ben Speaks:

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

Contact: or call  781-856-7244



Carrying On

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

Contact:  Steve Boczenowski at or call 978-448-5013


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

Contact: Barbara at 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 or call 978-327-6671




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

Contact: or call 508-673-3777


 Healing After Suicide

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

Contact:  Peggy Morse at or call 413-441-6316


Survivors of Suicide Loss

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

Contact: or call 413-525-7752


Surviving After Suicide

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Contact: Geraldine Unger at or call 413-203-1200


The Garden – Center for Grieving Children and Teens

286 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

Contact: or call 413-584-7086, Ext. 124


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Samaritans, Inc. –

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley –,

Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands –

Samaritans of Bristol County

See A New Sun Foundation –


American Association of Suicidology –

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention –


Suicide Prevention Action Network –

Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

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Crisis Help Lines


Samaritans Statewide:

Samaritans, Inc.:

Samaritans of Cape & the Islands:

Samaritans of Bristol County:

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


508-532-CALL (2255)


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

Trevor Help Line for LGBT:

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  • 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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