Survivors of Suicide Loss
"There are always two parties to a death; the person who dies
and the survivors who are bereaved."
We Host Suicide Support Meetings That You Should Join
The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group meeting at the Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, NJ has been continuously running for 30+ years and new members are always welcome to join us. We are a specialized bereavement group that focuses on the loss of someone to suicide. The group participants are constantly changing based on survivors needs. The mix of people who attend varies from meeting to meeting, we generally welcome many new survivors at most meetings. The meetings are open to all survivors to attend and there are no fees. Because of our location in central New Jersey, most people who attend come from Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, but all are welcome.
You are not alone, please join us.
For more detailed information about attending an upcoming suicide loss support group meeting, please visit our meeting information page.
Who Are We?
We are a group of survivors who have all lost loved ones to suicide. We are spouses, siblings, parents, children, partners, friends, family, coworkers, etc...who have all lost someone special to suicide.
We range from people who have lost a loved one in the past month, to people who have lost a loved one many years ago. The grief of losing a loved one to suicide is an intense feeling that is often hard to describe to someone that has not survived a suicide. Often your friends and family do not understand how painful a suicide loss can be.
No one should have to experience the death of a loved one to suicide, but we have.
You are not alone.
Are You A “Survivor of Suicide Loss”?
To quote the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: "We use this expression to refer to the family and friends left behind after someone dies by suicide. Survivors are the ones left to pick up the broken pieces and find a way to move forward through grief and emptiness. Survivors are some of the strongest people we know. If you have survived a suicide loss, we are here to help.
If you’ve lost someone to suicide, you may feel . . .
- alone, as though no one understands what you’re going through.
- shocked, even if you knew your loved one was at risk. You may find yourself replaying their last days over and over, searching for clues.
- responsible, wondering whether there was something you missed, or something you could have said or done, or wished you hadn’t said or done.
- angry, at whoever you believe is to blame: the doctor, therapist, spouse, boss, or principal, for example.
- abandoned by the person who died.
- ashamed and worried about whether to tell people the truth, for fear of being judged.
- guilty for laughing, having fun, or beginning to enjoy life again.
Don’t worry. It is normal to have some, all, or none of these feelings as you cope with suicide loss."
To learn more about the SOS Madison Suicide Loss Support Group and understanding the feeling associated with a suicide loss , CLICK HERE for our 2 page brochure.