Survivors of Suicide – Groups That Can Help After a Suicide

Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about.  My own step-father did that job, and all I remember at the time was that I was angry, it was embarrassing, and it seemed there was no closure.  I couldn’t really bring the topic up.  It wasn’t a real upper kind of conversation topic to say the least.   We felt just a sense of loss and downright confusion that no one was willing to acknowledge.  It simply wasn’t discussed.   It was awful.   I remember a lot of strong emotion.  Ugh.  Not good.  But as time goes by, believe it or not you gradually just accept that was their choice.  You make peace with it and you carry on.  As my Grandmother always said, the world isn’t for the weak, but who wants to be strong?   In other words, it’s hard to stand up sometimes.

There are 6 billion people on this planet right now.  And it is the unfortunate truth that I must let you know a person takes their own life in the form of suicide about every 40 seconds around the world. Not a statistic that makes me feel good at all.

But, there you have it.  If you are suffering as a result of your friend, child or parent taking their life – it is a heavy burden.  It’s hard to carry all that around by yourself.  You don’t need to feel you are the only one who has had to go through this.  It’s happening a lot more frequently than all of us realize.  People keep quiet because it’s embarrassing I suppose. The other person usually doesn’t know how to react.   Lots of uncomfortable silences.

But you know what, you don’t need to feel you have to do this all on your own.  It’s your right to get on with life as best as you can.   There is no magical cure, no right or wrong way to grieve, nor proper amount of time to grieve.   It’s not going to be easy, but you owe it to yourself and your loved one to try and heal the best you can.    Just know people have been making this selection as a way to ease them out of this life for thousands of years.  It’s just another facet of existence and transition.  Not saying it’s good or bad, it’s just a choice they made.

Here I have compiled some local groups that can help you try to heal from the trauma of a loved one, or friend committing suicide.

Survivors of Suicide Loss – Sarasota, Florida

Website:
www.tidewell.org

Contact:
Joe McCormick (941) 256-5521
jmccormick@tidewell.org

Meeting Place:
Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care
5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
1st & 3rd Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by:
Professional

Charge:
No

Last Updated:
06/02/2011
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Survivors of Suicide – Bradenton
Bradenton, FL

Contact:
Hazel Hinkel
(941) 739-8940
hhinkel@tidewell.org

Meeting Place:
3355 26th St. West Bradenton, FL 34205

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
4th Monday, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: No
Last Updated: 06/02/2011

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