Helping Others Survive Suicide
How to help others through the grief and loss of suicide:
- Offer support, love, and concern.
- Don’t try to comfort by denying the facts or by using expressions such as “it was God’s will or “time will make everything better.”
- Put aside your own personal views of suicide and be with those who are grieving in caring and nonjudgmental ways.
- Do not attempt to stop the grieving by telling someone to “snap out of it.”
- Listen often and long.
- Allow the bereaved the time to express their feelings at their own pace.
- Be aware of unusual talk or behavior that might indicate that the bereaved might be becoming suicidal.
- Help the bereaved get through the anniversary of the suicide or other special days that might be associated with the loss.
- Accept that grieving takes time, but that time isn’t the thing that heals the pain. Grieving is the process by which the pain is healed.
New Dimensions Can Help!
If you or someone you know is struggling to overcome a suicide, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.
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