Social Media Suicide Grief Support


There are many online social media support groups available to learn and share your experiences of coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide. 

One note of caution, please be careful about the permissions and how broadly your postings will be shared with each group.  Some groups are private and only members can see what you post.  Other groups are public, and anyone can see your postings.


Facebook

PRIVATE GROUPS: 

Facebook has several different privacy settings in their groups.  These groups are PRIVATE. That means:
  1. Who can Join?: Anyone can ask to join or be added or invited by a member
  2. Who can see the groups name?: Anyone
  3. Who can see who's in the group?: Anyone
  4. Who can see the group description?: Anyone
  5. Who can see the group tags?: Anyone
  6. Who can see what members post in the group? Only current members
  7. Who can find the group in search?: Anyone
  8. Who can see stories about the group on Facebook (ex: News Feed and search)?:  Only current members
Because these groups are PRIVATE and only people who belong to the group can see what you write.  Generally you have to request to join these groups and the administrator may send you an email to see if you have a suicide loss and if you qualify.  They try to self police and only allow those who have lost a loved one to join.
  • TCF – Loss to Suicide
    •  Summary: This group is for parents, siblings and grandparents whose child died by suicide. When you click to join this group, the administrator will send you a private message on your Facebook page. The message will go to your "message requests," so please click on message requests and reply to our message within 3 days so we can confirm your request.  When a child, sibling or grandchild dies by suicide, grief can be complicated by societal stigmas, shame and ignorance. In this closed group, we can support each other, better understand our grief, and learn coping skills. Together, we remember our children, siblings and grandchildren for the love, joy and memories held for them. On this closed Facebook page, we have the opportunity to share our experiences and heartache, the added difficulties related to a death by suicide, things that may have have been helpful to us on this journey, and anything else that you are feeling since your child, brother, sister, or grandchild died as a result of suicide. Let this be a place of safety and comfort, and please show respect for where each of us is on this journey. This group is hosted by The Compassionate Friends (TCF) a nationally renown non-profit which supports and provides resources to parents and siblings when a child dies.
       
  • Suicide Loss: Healing Our Broken Hearts Together: Bereaved Families/Friends
    • Summary: We are a broken-hearted, healing group of families and friends holding one another up, sharing glimmers of light in our collective darkness, saying our loved one's names proudly and lovingly out loud, posing our questions, speaking our confusion, sharing photos of a lifetime of memories, making sense our painful loss to suicide, and propelling one another forward towards healing and some joy again.
  • Survivors of Suicide (Loss)
    • Summary: This is a safe, private place where we can share our stories and seek support from those who are walking the same trecherous road as us. This group is built on respect, understanding, and discretion. No one shall tell us how to feel, how to grieve, or what our goals should be. We are all in different stages of grief and all viewpoints will be respected as they are despite the degree of complication, confusion or pain.
  • Grieving Parents, Friends, and Family of Suicide
    • Summary: They call us survivors, but we are parents, friends, and family of Suicide; just trying to make it through each day while learning to live without our loved ones. 
  • Suicide Grief Support for Parents
    • Summary:  This group is for PARENTS only who have lost a child to suicide. 
  • Siblings Survivors of Suicide Group
    • Summary: This is a place to come and talk, brainstorm, or ask for help in understanding. The main goal of the group is two fold one is to provide support for siblings. The second goal is to begin to create a system that helps new sibling find help and support quickly and efficiently. Sibling survivors have a lot of things to deal with others do not. We often “lose” our parents because there grief is so immense they cannot see or help us when we need them. We want to help our parents but that may mean we ourselves cannot grief or talk to anyone about how we feel. The question we seem to hear all the time is “How are your parents?” People forget to ask “How are you doing?” We become caretakers in the mist of our grief. Sometimes if we have multiply sibling our other sibling become at risk for hurting themselves, or we become their parent too. These are issues we have to face but hopefully we no longer have to face them alone and we can help others when they need us most. 
  • Families Dealing With Suicide, The Next Chapter
    • Summary: This group is for families who have lost a loved one to suicide, We are not professionals or counsellors. Our group aims to support families and individuals who are trying to live on after losing someone they love to suicide and we do that in a gentle and family like way. 
  • Suicide Grief Support
    • Summary: This group is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Our goal is to help you through the hard times and to let you know you are not alone.
  • TCF – Loss to Substance Related Causes
    • Summary: When a loved one dies from any substance related cause, grief can be complicated by societal stigma and ignorance. Together we support each other, better understand our grief, and learn coping skills when faced with inappropriate comments from others. Together, we remember our loved ones for the love, joy and memories held for them and grow into the world as we learn to live with our loved ones in a new way. They no longer walk this earth but they are an integral part of who we are forever more.


PUBLIC GROUPS:

Facebook has several different privacy settings in their groups.  These groups are PUBLIC. That means:
  1. Who can Join?: Anyone can join or be added or invited by a member
  2. Who can see the groups name?: Anyone
  3. Who can see who's in the group?: Anyone
  4. Who can see the group description?: Anyone
  5. Who can see the group tags?: Anyone
  6. Who can see what members post in the group? Anyone
  7. Who can find the group in search?: Anyone
  8. Who can see stories about the group on Facebook (ex: News Feed and search)?: Anyone
Because these groups are PUBLIC anyone on facebook (your friends,family, neighbors etc) can see what you write.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
    • Summary: This is the main Facebook page for AFSP.ORG.  It has daily informational posts for suicide survivors.  There are many posts that you can share to help spread the word about suicide and it's impact.
  • Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
    • Summary: For those grieving loss after suicide
  • Grief Loss and Suicide
    • Summary: Grief Loss and Suicide is about giving hope, understanding and support to any family or friend whose life has been affected by loss grief or suicide.
  • Suicide Survivors: Life After Loss
    • Summary: A public forum for Survivors of Suicide to share their loss and grief. A safe place for discussion to bring about peace, understanding and encouragement.
  • Suicide Shatters
    • Summary: Raising Awareness of Suicide, Prevention and Mental Illness
  • Solos ~~Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide~~ 
    • Summary: Welcome to SOLOS Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide Inc. You are never alone on your journey through suicide grief!
  • S.O.S. Survivors of Suicide
    • Summary: A safe place for Survivors of Suicide to share: grief, loss, pain, stories, ask for prayer or just pray. You may PM for privacy; SOS page is public forum.
  • Grief Speaks Out
    • Summary: Grief: Everything you're feeling is normal. Sharing pics, quotes, laughter, tears, even curses. For blog: www.griefspeaksout.net
  • Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk
    • Summary: The Out of the Darkness Overnight is fundraising walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Why will you walk to #StopSuicide?