Grief following suicide is a complex and overwhelming experience. A suicide death leaves many unanswered questions. Every person grieves in his/her own way. At different times, people may feel:
The stigma surrounding suicide can isolate families. Often, family members can become isolated from each other as they each struggle to grieve in their own way. There are no time limits to grief. Individuals can find a community of support at one of our grief support groups. Groups through the Alliance are free of charge and drop-ins are welcome.
The You’re Not Alone Grief Support Group meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM at Pathways Hospice located at 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins. This is a collaborative group with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention and 3Hopeful Hearts. You’re Not Alone provides a safe space for families who have experienced the death of a child by suicide.
The Heartbeat Grief Support Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 at Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins. Each grief support group is free of charge and drop-ins are welcome.
Call the Alliance for up-to-date group information, 970-482-2209
The grief support groups have an additional Facebook support group that connects individuals with support throughout the month.
Ways to Help Those Who Have Lost a Loved One
- Surround them with as much love and understanding as you can.
- Let them talk. Usually they are not looking for answers or advice, but just want to voice their thoughts, feelings…
- Allow them to express their grief.
- Let them cry.
- Be prepared to listen to their anger and pain.
- Allow them to talk about their loved ones freely.
- Encourage the family to make decisions together.
- Expect them to tire easily. Grieving is hard work.
- Give them private time.
- Offer to help make or receive phone calls. Or assist with bills, mail, people who call, bring food…
- Continue to provide help and support in the days and months ahead.
- Don’t be afraid to ask how a person is doing, even months or years later. It doesn’t “remind” them, it opens the door for them to talk.
- Don’t be afraid to use the name of the person who died. Celebrate their memory.
Grief Counseling is available through the Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado.
Call (970)663-3500 or visit www.pathways-care.org
GRIEF SUPPORT BOOKLET
For more information, download a copy of our Grief Support Guide