Survivors Of Suicide SOS


Your Grief is Different

  • Trauma - Suicide death is outside of what we normally expect in life. Grief reactions from suicide loss are often more intense in severity and duration. Symptoms such as shock, fear, anxiety, or impairment with daily functioning can occur. Painful images real or imagined can happen as well - especially, if you were the one who found or witnessed your loved one's death. Survivors of suicide loss can experience post traumatic symptoms and may need to seek support from a mental health professional.
  • Stigma - Other people - even your family or friends -- may avoid you. They may not know how to talk to you. You may feel that others blame you and withdraw and/or feel shame, creating more isolation.
  • Guilt - Because suicide has been called "the preventable death," you may think you could have kept it from happening. You may feel responsible. When logic fails to explain this loss - guilt and self-blame emerge.
  • Anger - Your pain can take the form of anger towards others including the deceased, professionals, yourself and even towards God.
  • Questioning - You can be overwhelmed with questions. Why did your loved one take their own life? Are other family members susceptible to suicide? What was my loved on thinking or really experiencing?

It's hard for anyone to really understand a loss from suicide, but talking with others who have been through the same experience can help you begin adjusting to the death.

Meeting Information
SOS meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Mental Health of America of Tarrant County.

3136 W. 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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