How To Take Care Of Yourself
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. There are resources available to help you cope with your loss. A loved one’s suicide is a challenging, confusing, and painful experience.
Find a support group: You don’t have to cope with your loss alone. There are support groups specifically for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Our peer led support group serves Lee and Collier Counties and meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm in Naples. Learn more.)
Do what feels right to you: Don’t feel pressured to talk right away. If you choose to discuss your loss, speaking can give your friends and family the opportunity to support you in an appropriate way.
Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends provide support to you, or to look for resources in your community such as therapists, co-workers, or family members.
Write: You may find it helpful to write your feelings or to write a letter to your lost loved one. This can be a safe place for you to express some of the things you were not able to say before the death.
Below is a list of local and national resources to help support you as you deal with the loss of your loved one by suicide.