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.