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