Videos Dealing With Suicide Grief and Survival

Below are a selection of videos to help you understand suicide and how survivors regain control of their lives after the suicide of a loved one.  They range from survivors telling their journey of healing to professionals discussing the grief process as well as the causes and challenges of suicide. 

  • Coping with the Aftermath of a Suicide (Compassionate Friends)
    • A 59 minute video presentation by Dr. Doug and BJ Jensen who lost their adult son Jay to suicide.  They walk survivors through the grieving process based on their experiences. This video is a educational presentation that touches on the causes and impacts of suicide.  The Jensens are authors, international speakers, dramatists, and sign artists with LOVE IN MOTION Signing Choir.   They add some selected religious beliefs and how they impacted their healing.

  • Survivors of Suicide Loss sharing their journey 
    • This is a 97 minute of a group discussiona among a group of 6 suicide survivors.  The survivors all discuss the challenges they faced dealing with the loss of their loved one.  The setting of the video is similar to how a support group generally operates.  These survivors of suicide loss each share their journey of grief through the loss of a loved one to suicide. It was most touching and inspiring to see so much hope that each survivor shares to all. A day of healing and coming together to share and reach out to others and say "you are not alone. You will survive this tragic loss"  

  • A Mom Talking about Her Life After Her Daughter's Suicide  
    • This 3 minute video is by international motivational speaker Jenny Wolpert talking about her struggles and death of her teenage daughter Grayson by suicide.  Her daughter struggled with OCD, depression, anxiety and self injury.  Jenny is out to break the silence and to educate people about healing and helping others. 

  • Rick Warren - Six Stages of Grief 
    • This 2 minutes video by Pastor Rick Warren discusses the six stages of grief.  The Warrens lost their adult son to suicide after a 20+ year battle with mental illness.  Pastor Warren discusses his journey through grief and his insights about how we process grief.

  • Grief After Suicide: Walking the Journey with Survivors
    • This 89 minute video is by Dr Jack Jordan.  While it shares some of the characteristics of all traumatic losses, suicide often presents unique challenges for mourners and for those who would help them. People mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide (known as suicide survivors), face a complex set of recovery tasks. These include making sense of a death that often makes no sense, sorting out responsibility for and preventability of the death, dealing with shock and horror at the manner of death, dealing with the impact on family relationships, and coping with the stigma that often surrounds suicide. Likewise, the process of counseling for suicide survivors is often more complex and prolonged than after most other types of losses. In this workshop, we will address the central concerns that most survivors bring to therapy, and the themes that caregivers must help survivors address.

  • How to comfort a grieving teen
    • This 6 minute video by 16 year old Bridget Park, a high school senior from Reno, Nevada. Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother, Bridget wrote her debut memoir at the age of 15 in the hopes that her story would encourage others to find healthy ways of grieving. In this talk, Bridget shares her insight on how to comfort a grieving teen.  This video is part of the award winning TED series of motivational and informational speeches.

  • Survivors of Suicide Loss - Nick's Sisters
    • A 48 minute video where survivors of suicide loss sisters speak out about their grief after the loss their brother to suicide. Marsha Knapp Dunleavy lives in Burlington, On and is the eldest. Melanie McLeod is the middle daughter and lives in Dutton On. Both sisters have unique knowledge and experience with their loss and articulate it very well for other survivors of suicide loss to connect with and understand they are not alone

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Each year the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  hosts an International  Survivors of Suicide Loss Day at hundreds of sites around the world. The event is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. During Survivor Day there are numerous small breakout groups, videos and various training sessions depending on the specific site.  Here is a collection of the videos shared during prior meetings.