Thinking of you, survivor of suicide loss

November 23, 2019, is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. According to the World Health Organization, around the globe, on average there is one suicide every 40 seconds.

If you are a survivor yourself or you know someone or know someone who knows someone who lost someone to suicide. Suicide stops us in our tracks. It can be hard to wrap our heads around that much pain and anguish.

Suicide research originally indicated that each suicide left, on average, six people in its wake. However, there are new indications that each suicide could leave 22-26 people in its wake. The higher number is not surprising when you think of coworkers, classmates, neighbors and the like.

We humans are social beings. Our lives are filled with connections and relationships. It is hard to see our loved ones, friends or coworkers doubled over in grief and pain. We want to do something – anything — to help ease their misery.

And if you are a survivor yourself, you know all too well how treacherous the path is out of the well of complicated and traumatic grief from a death by suicide.

To help you as well as to help others, here are eight articles that hopefully will expand your understanding  and assist you as well as those you love who are heartbroken:

When You Are the Survivor of Suicide

 This is What Grief Feels Like 

Understanding Teen Suicide Helps Make Sense of the Heartbreak

7 Things You Need to Know after a Loss from Suicide

When You Are Ready, This Can Help You Heal from a Loss by Suicide

Dealing with the Death of a Young Person

How to Help your Grieving Child

Shattered Hearts: Explaining Suicide to Children


Thinking of all of you who have walked this path, directly and indirectly. May your hearts find peace.

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2 Responses to Thinking of you, survivor of suicide loss

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell November 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    Oh, Jean, you are a doing a wondrous job of spreading the good word. Your Steve was clearly special – as are you. Thank you, dear one.

  2. Jean Mellano November 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Steve’s suicide left hundreds if not thousands in the wake of his death. He positively impacted so many in his life and even with his passing, he is still positively impacting others with my telling of his story. Thank u for this post.