10 Ways to Support Someone Who Lost Someone to Suicide

Watching a loved one struggle with the heart-wrenching pain of losing someone to suicide is a profoundly challenging experience. The devastation, the sorrow, the unanswered questions—it can leave you feeling utterly helpless. You want to reach out, to offer comfort, but you’re worried about the fear of saying or doing the wrong thing, afraid that your actions might inadvertently cause more pain. It’s a difficult and delicate situation that many of us encounter, and it’s okay to feel unsure.

In moments like these, guidance and support can be a lifeline. That’s why we’re here today, to shed light on a path toward healing and understanding. From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), we bring you “10 Ways to Support a Loved One Who Has Lost Someone to Suicide.” These are not just words on a screen; they’re beacons of hope, empathy, and compassion.

Explore these invaluable insights that will empower you to be there for your loved ones in their darkest hours. You’re not alone on this journey to provide comfort and support, and AFSP is here to guide you through the intricate and delicate terrain of loss to suicide.

Summary 10 Ways to Support a Loved One Who Has Lost Someone to Suicide (afsp.org) from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

  1. Refrain from saying “I know how you feel”
  2. Read about suicide loss.
  3. Don’t wait for your loved one to ask you for help.
  4. Help connect them with other suicide loss survivors
  5. Help connect them to professional counseling.
  6. Don’t be afraid to speak the name of the person who died.
  7. Learning from someone else’s experience
  8. Just be there.
  9. Be patient.
  10. Remind your friend of their self-care needs

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a helpline or mental health professional in your country. You are not alone, and help is available. www.findahelpline.com.  

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.

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