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Coping with Loss after Suicide


U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
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Coping with the loss of a family member, friend, peer, or patient after suicide is difficult. The time following the death by suicide of someone we love or work with can be confusing and painful. There may be many unanswered questions or feelings of guilt associated with the death. The process of coping with this loss is different for everyone. Each person experiences grief in their own way and in their own time. There is no right or wrong way to feel. If you have experienced such a loss, you may find that the way you feel and the intensity of these feelings changes over the course of time. Those who have lost someone to suicide, also referred to as survivors of suicide, are not alone, and it is important for you to seek help or to assist others in seeking help and support when it is needed.

Below are a number of resources that can help you or someone you know cope with the loss. Support may come from health professionals, chaplains, family members, friends, or trusted peers. Peers can include other Sailors and Marines or civilian survivors of suicide. Peer support groups and online forums enable you to talk to people with similar experiences. You may find strength and hope by listening and talking to others who have experienced a similar loss.

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