Helping Children and Teens After a Suicide


Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Madison, NJ

It is often hard to help a child deal with there grief after losing a parent or friend to suicide. How children deal with grief is dependent on their age. Generally it is recommended that you seek professional counseling for children to help them work through their grief after a suicide. The following is a collection of article, websites and printouts for a parent or caregiver to help a child or teen deal with their grief following the suicide of a loved one.

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Specialized Counseling for Children and Teens After a Suicide

In the aftermath of a suicide it is often said that children are the forgotten grievers.

The adults around them are often consumed by the tragedy of the suicide and they can miss that the children are suffering in their own way. Kids and teens will process the loss on a different level and may not relate or share how they are feeling with you. They have seen the adults in their lives suddenly crying and out of control of their emotions. They are used to looking up to you, and suddenly they are often confused.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIND A GRIEF COUNSELOR AND A CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT GROUP TO ASSIST THE CHILDREN AFTER A SUICIDE LOSS.

There are many great grief programs for children and teens across the USA. Many of them are free. You can find a list of them here: National Alliance for Grieving Children: Finding Support Many of these groups can provide you local lists of individual grief counselors that they maintain.

Here in NJ there are several local grief groups for children:

  • Good Grief
  • Imagine Center for Coping With Loss
    • Website: imaginenj.org
    • Telephone: (908) 264-3100
    • Resource: Brochure
    • Located in Westfield NJ
    • Year-round peer grief support center for children age 3-18 coping with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling. Concurrent support groups are available for parents and guardians. Adult peer support groups are available for young adults 18-30, adults 30-50 and adults 50 and up who are coping with loss due to the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or other significant person.
  • Comfort Zone Camp
    • Website: www.comfortzonecamp.org
    • Telephone: (201) 867-2077
    • Email: info@comfortzonecamp.org
    • Offers year-round free weekend and week-long bereavement camps for kids 7-17 and young adults 19-23 who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary care giver. Once or twice a year they hold a 3 day weekend camp for children 3-17 and young adults 18-24 that is specifically tailored to suicide loss. Call for more details.

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