Postvention - Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County

Suicide Postvention

What is Postvention?

Postvention is a term often used in the suicide prevention field. Postvention is an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide to accomplish any one or more of the following: 

  • To facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss
  • To mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide
  • To prevent suicide among people who are at high risk after exposure to suicide

 When someone you love dies, you may feel shocked, devastated, and overwhelmed. This is especially true with grief following a suicide.
You may have many unanswered questions, and you may not be sure where to turn for support. This section was designed to offer you
information and resources during this difficult time.

We want you to know that we are so sorry for your loss, but we are also so glad that you found us. This section was designed, by other suicide survivors, and professionals, to share practical information and resources to help you navigate this complex grief journey.

Taking care of yourself during times of grief and loss can sometimes seem overwhelming and impossible. Below are our 5 favorite tidbits from this book in case you need a little help getting started.

Start with You
(a note from a fellow loss survivor)
Your journey is your own: Dr. Wolfelt’s Mourner’s Bill of Rights  is a beautiful piece and a gentle reminder that your grief journey belongs to you, and that you have the right to grieve in the time and space you need. No two journeys are exactly the same.
Tend to your physical needs: eat, sleep, drink water, and move your body as often and regularly as you are able. Grief can be just as much physical as emotional and your body needs to be taken care of as much as your heart.
Stay Connected: seek support when you need it. This can be a friend to sit in the silence with you, therapy, a support group, or connecting with another survivor. Here is a great checklist of things that other people can do for you (because they’ll ask).
 The Alliance for Suicide Prevention is here for you…
When you’re ready. We encourage you to schedule a coffee with a fellow survivor today.
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Suicide Loss is a Trauma

After a Suicide

It’s important to recognize that losing someone to suicide can be an especially traumatic experience. In understanding that what you have gone through can be considered a trauma, you can better understand what your grief journey may look like or the different ways it may impact you. Trauma impacts you differently than other types of losses, which may help normalize what you are experiencing.
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What to know when it comes to suicide loss

Explaining Suicide to Kids

Kids react differently to grief than adults do. We (adults) expect that they will cry and be stuck in sadness/grief the way adults often are. Kids process through play. The best thing for them is the opportunity to be a kid - to play, to watch a favorite movie, read a book, dance around and cry, or experience whatever other hard feelings they have
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are you in crisis?

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call or text Crisis Hotline 988