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heals all wounds is not necessarily true for survivors of suicide.
Time is necessary for healing,
but time is not enough.
Because of the social stigma
surrounding suicide, survivors feel the pain of the loss, yet may
know how, or where, or if, they should express it. Yet, the
only way to heal is to mourn. Just like
other bereaved persons grieving the loss of someone loved,
suicide survivors need to talk, to cry,
sometimes to scream, in order to heal.
Grief following a
suicide is always complex. Survivors don't "get over
it." Instead, with support and
understanding they can come to reconcile themselves to its
reality. Don't be surprised by the
intensity of their feelings. Sometimes, when they least
suspect it, they may be overwhelmed by
feelings of grief. Accept that survivors may be struggling
with explosive emotions, guilt, fear and
shame, well beyond the limits experienced in other types of
deaths. Be patient, compassionate
As a result of fear and
misunderstanding, survivors of suicide deaths are often left with
a feeling of
abandonment at a time when they desperately need
unconditional support and understanding.
Without a doubt, suicide survivors suffer in a variety of
ways: one, because they need to mourn the
loss of someone who has died; two, because they have
experienced a sudden, typically unexpected
traumatic death; and three, because they are often shunned
by a society unwilling to enter into the
pain of their grief.
Support groups are one
of the best ways to help survivors of suicide. In a group,
connect with other people who share the commonality of the
experience. They are allowed and
encouraged to tell their stories as much, and as often, as
they like. You may be able to help
survivors locate such a group. This practical effort on
your part will be appreciated.
Of Suicide Support Groups
Parents Of Suicide
According to Parents Of
Suicide (POS) web site, the mission of POS is to
information, connections and hope to parents bereaved by suicide.
Naef has been notified that Parents Of Suicide is for natural or
adoptive parents only.
Step parents and foster parents are welcome to join Friends and
Families of Suicide.
From Parents Of Suicide
You Can Help A Survivor
If you are a survivor,
we at NAEF are
very sorry for your loss. As survivors, we know that no one
can understand what each one of us are
going through. We do however, want to share with you
a prayer for you and your love one
from our NAEF pastor. (Prayer)
I breathe in, I breathe
out, put one foot in front of the other, take one day at a time.
Lyrics by Chris Cagle
Devotional For Survivors
Nathan Alan Eisert Foundation, Inc.