After a Suicide Loss

 

“Tell me, O older and wiser sister,” I wrote, “how long will this grief last?”Old and wiser, she wrote back: “Grief is never over. The time will come when you control your grief rather than the other way around. You’ll draw upon those memories when you need and want them, rather than having them show up uninvited. But your grief will never go away, which is the way it should be. It is part of who you are.”

Fenton Johnson

 

Find Support


We encourage survivors to gather together to remember, to speak aloud the precious names of those lost to suicide. You are in a safe place with those who understand.


Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide


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Peer support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
• Salt Lake County
• Davis County


Caring Connections


A hope and comfort in grief program operated by the University of Utah College of Nursing, located at the University of Utah, 10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. They offer grief support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
Caring Connections offers several different types of grief groups, including one specifically for those who have lost someone close to suicide. All of the support groups are led by health care professionals. Grief groups are held in 4 different locations, three times a year and the groups meet once a week for 8 weeks. The fee for the 8 week course is $50.00. Please call (801) 585-9522 to register for a group or for more information.


Heart and Soul Survivor Support Group - Provo, Utah


1134 South 500 East ~ Upstairs Room #6
Provo, UT 84604
7-10pm ~ 2nd Thursday of every month
801-372-3523 contact number of Charn Burton


Heart and Soul Survivor Support Group - Payson, Utah


Payson Hospital 1000 E 100 N, Payson, UT 84651
7-9pm ~ 3rd Thursday of every month!
801-372-3523 contact number of Charn Burton


A Center for Grieving Children


1724 E. 5600 S.
Ogden, UT 84403
Offers support for children and adults. Services are free. Please call (801) 476-1127 for more information.


Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss


Resilient Solutions, Suite 1
1355 North Main
Bountiful, UT 84010
This group for survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide offers support, processing time, psycho-educational information, and a safe place for survivors to gather with others who have experienced a similar loss. The group is facilitated by a mental health professional and costs $150.00 for 8 weeks. Please contact Becky Andrews at (801) 259-3883 for more information.
Meetings are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm.


Healing Hearts


Clearfield Library
562 South 1000 East
Clearfield, Utah 84105
This group will meet at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of the month at the Clearfield Library beginning March 8, 2016. Meetings are scheduled through August. Please contact Dee Flurer at (801) 707-5317 or for more information.


Army/Airman Suicide Support Group


Sunrise Chapel ~ Camp Williams
Army/Airman Suicide Support Groups for those who have lost a soldier to suicide. The group meets the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Please contact Sgt. Daniel Lemley at (801) 243-4400 for more information.


LOSS- Loved Ones Suicide Survivors


Intermountain Medical Center, Doty Education Center
5121 S. Cottonwood St.
Murray, UT 84157
Entrance 6 - Purple
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7PM - free of charge
LOSS offers a caring community to those who have lost someone they love to suicide and a safe place to be with others who understand. Please e-mail or call May Bradley at (801) 815-7854 for more information.


Friends and Families of Suicide Internet Community


An e-mail support group for those who lives have been affected by suicide. Join this online support group HERE.


Parents of Suicide


Provides an e-mail support group for parents whose children have died of suicide.


Breathe: Suicide-Loss Support Group- Orem, Utah


This group meets continuously throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Free of charge. Please contact Wade C. Haskell at (801) 380-1439 or
To visit their Facebook click HERE.

 

For information on survivor support and starting a support group in your area, please contact:


Taryn Aiken, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Utah Chapter Email.
Kimball Gardner, Nami-Utah, Prevention by Design, Program Manager Email.
Kim Myers, MSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Email.


Resources

 

Downloadable Attachment: Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide

After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances

SPRC provides a guide to help community and faith leaders who plan memorial observances and provide support for individuals after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools was developed by AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in a school community.

Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors

This guide can help funeral directors and the funeral services industry serve as they are a vital line of first response to those impacted by the profound and crippling effects of suicide loss.

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