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When a loved one dies by suicide, waves of emotion can leave us overwhelmed.

Suicide may fill us with more questions than answers as it paves a path of complicated grief; a path that is rocky and difficult to traverse. If you have experienced the death of a loved one due to suicide you have our compassion. Below are resources created by caring people who understand the loss by suicide of a loved one. We hope that you find support for your grief journey here.

Web Resources:

General Grief Support:
Canadian Virtual Hospice

What’s Your Grief

Center For Loss & Life Transition

Heal Grief

Grief Support Services

Suicide Grief Support:
Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention

Support After Suicide

Living with Suicide

Surviving Suicide


Grief After Suicide, by Victoria Hospice

The Continuum of “Survivorship”: Definitional Issues in the Aftermath of Suicide by Cerel, McIntosh, Neimeyer, Maple, and Marshall, in “Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior” journal


No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
Carla Fine, ISBN-13: 978-0385485517

Healing after the Suicide of a Loved One
Ann Smolin and John Guinan, ASIN: B01MQH1D3L

After a Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids
Dougy Center for Grieving Children, ISBN-13: 978-1890534066

Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide
Earl Grollman, ASIN: B003ZSIT02

Someone I Loved Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them
Doreen Cammarata, ISBN-13: 978-0978868192

Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide
Christopher Lukas, ISBN-13: 978-1843108474

After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal
Margo Requarth, ISBN-13: 978-0977746804



The bridge between suicide and life | Kevin Briggs

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he's spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.
The bridge between suicide and life | Kevin Briggs

You’re still here -- Living after suicide | Amy Biancolli | TEDxAlbany

Amy Biancolli, who lost both her husband and her sister to suicide, talks about surviving those blows and figuring out how to move on. Loss forces the living to reinvent themselves, to re-tool family dynamics and to find meaning in life and laughter with the loved ones who remain. The grief has a mind of its own, frequently ignoring the tidy “stages” we expect of it. But so do moments of levity, which come and go at will. Biancolli tells some of her own story, including her decision to write about a personal subject so often hushed in public. Amy Biancolli is the author of Figuring Shit Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival (Behler Publications), a memoir of life after the death of her husband, writer Christopher D. Ringwald. Currently an arts reporter and columnist for the Albany Times Union, she previously served as film critic for the Houston Chronicle. Amy is also the author of Fritz Kreisler: Love’s Sorrow, Love’s Joy (1998 Amadeus Press) and House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts (2004 Lulu Press), which earned her Albany Author of the Year. She has three children, lives in Albany and blogs at
You’re still here -- Living after suicide | Amy Biancolli | TEDxAlbany

I witnessed a suicide | Joseph Keogh | TEDxPSUBehrend

Joseph Keogh gave this talk as a nineteen-year-old freshman at Penn State Behrend. He is from Stafford, Virginia where he graduated in 2016 from Mountain View High School. For his talk, Joseph tells the story of how he witnessed the shotgun suicide of one his classmates. This experience was traumatic and life altering. His story however will not be focused on the pain or hardships this moment had on his life, but rather the good that has come out of it. Joseph hopes to share his moment in time with the world in order to raise awareness about the reality of mentally based hindrances, and spread the word about EMDR therapy. As well as help the world look at themselves deeply and evaluate what they hold dear.
I witnessed a suicide | Joseph Keogh | TEDxPSUBehrend