Survivors of Suicide


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EMPACT-SPC provides services for persons and families who are looking to improve daily living and family life. EMPACT-SPC seeks to improve the lives of adults, youths and families throughout our service areas, including Maricopa County and the City of Maricopa in Pinal County.

Survivors of Suicide

  • Know that you can survive, even if you feel you can’t.
  • Intense feelings of grief can be overwhelming and frightening. This is normal. You’re not going crazy; you’re grieving.
  • Feelings of guilt, confusion, anger, and fear are common responses to grief.
  • You may experience thoughts of suicide. This is common. It doesn’t mean you’ll act on the thoughts.
  • Forgetfulness is a common, but temporary side effect. Grieving takes so much energy that other things may fade in importance.
  • Keep asking “why” until you no longer need to ask.
  • Healing takes time. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve.
  • Grief has no predictable pattern or timetable. Though there are elements of commonality in grief, each person and each situation is unique.
  • Delay making major decisions if possible.
  • The path of grief is one of twists and turns and you may often feel you are getting nowhere. Remember even setbacks are a kind of progress.
  • This is the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient with yourself.
  • Seek out people who are willing to listen when you need to talk and who understand your need to be silent.
  • Give yourself permission to seek professional help.
  • Avoid people who try to tell you what to feel and how to feel it and, in particular, those who think you should “be over it by now.”
  • Find a support group for survivors that provides a safe place for you to express your feelings, or simply a place to go to be with other survivors who are experiencing some of the same things you’re going through.