Grief After Suicide

Grief After Suicide


Hands

You are not alone…

Support for anyone who has lost a loved one through suicide

Advice For Survivors

  • Even if you feel that you cannot survive, know that you can.
  • Feelings of shock, guilt, blame, anger, relief, depression, and isolation are common responses to grief. These emotions can be overwhelming but know that they are normal.
  • Each survivor grieves in his own way and at his own pace.
  • Seek out people who are willing to listen without judging.
  • Remember that many people are affected by suicide.
  • Seek professional help if needed.
  • Take care of yourself—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • This is the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient and do not try to do it by yourself.
  • Remember, HEALING TAKES TIME.

Recommended Reading

“SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide”

A publication of the American Association of Suicidology. Written by a survivor for survivors, the guidebook addresses the unique aspects of suicide loss and grief and offers suggestions for what to do in the aftermath.

SOS Handbook in Spanish “Sobrevivientes de un Suicida”

Survivors of Suicide Loss Resources

A brief directory of literature and websites for survivors of suicide loss.

TSPN – Survivor of Suicide Loss Resource Sheet

SOS Can Help

  • Survivors of Suicide group meetings are open to anyone who has lost a loved one through suicide or who is helping someone who has lost a loved one through suicide.
  • Survivors need a safe place to explore their feelings of grief and anger, to raise questions and doubts.
  • We are here whenever the survivor is ready for us and for as long as he or she needs us.
  • We understand that the grieving process is hard work.
  • Members have all been there and are often the only ones who can truly understand the survivor.
  • Survivors can attend an SOS meeting the day of the funeral, a few months after, or even years later.
  • Survivors are free to talk or just listen.

SOS Group Meetings In Tennessee


CARROLL

Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group

Contact Information
Christy Blount
cblount2@utm.edu

Location Information
Baptist Memorial Hospital
631 R B Wilson Dr.
Huntingdon, TN 38344

Meeting Information
1st Saturday of each month from 8:30 am – 9:30 am

More Information
Flyer

Chattanooga

Grief Support Groups

Location Information
Hospice of Chattanooga

More Information
Hospice of Chattanooga website

Cookeville

GriefShare

Contact Information
Marlene Bassetts and John Schaefer
(931) 644-9600
mr.john2889@gmail.com

Meeting Information
Mondays at 5:30 PM, Tuesdays at 9:30 AM, and Wednesdays at 1 PM

More Information
GriefShare website

“Journey” grief support group

Contact Information
(931) 525-2600
info@heartofthecumberland.org

Meeting Information
Held periodically, call or e-mail for next course date

More Information
Website

franklin

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Contact Information
(615) 244-7444

Meeting Information
Every Monday at 7:00 PM

Franklin (for Youth)

Contact Information
615-244-7444

Meeting Information
Meets Every Thursday 5:30pm-6:30pm

More Information
Website

Jackson

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Contact Information
Paula Terry
(731) 609-8897
pcterry64@yahoo.com

Meeting Information
2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM

Jefferson City

ComPaSS

Contact Information
Cynthia Lynn
(865) 680-3256
clynn3118@gmail.com

Meeting Information
6 PM on the first Thursday of each month

Johnson City

Contact Information
Dr. Barbara Sims
barb@bsims.net

Location Information
Summit Leadership
3104 Hanover Road
Johnson City, TN

Meeting Information
Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Knoxville

ComPASS (Communicating the Pain as Suicide Survivors)

Contact Information
Mark Potts
(865) 374-7106
mpotts@covhlth.com

Location Information
Peninsula: The Light House
1451 Dowell Springs Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37909

Meeting Information
2nd Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm in the Administrative Board Room (lower level).

More Information
Information Flyer

Suicide Grievers Support Group

Contact Information
Paula J. Alexander
pj4031@tds.net

Meeting Information
2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM

Memphis

Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group

Contact Information
Kerry Mitchell
(901) 208-6814
momofjamaje@yahoo.com

Location Information
White Station church of Christ
1106 Colonial Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Meeting Information
3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM Group also meets in Oxford and Southaven, Mississippi, see the flyer for details.

More Information
Flyer

Murfreesboro

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Contact Information
(615) 244-7444

Meeting Information
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM

Nashville

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Contact Information
(615) 244-7444 (24/7)

Meeting Information
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Savannah (Hardin and Surrounding Counties)

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group Meeting

Contact Information
Dr. Kelly Young
(731) 212 – 2482

Meeting Information
4th Monday of the Month at 6 PM

More Information
Alt. Phone: (731) 215 – 0733

Sevierville

ComPASS (Communicating the Pain as Suicide Survivors)

Contact Information
Dr. Cynthia Lynn or Jack and Robin Maples
(865) 654-8247
clynn3118@gmail.com

Meeting Information
3rd Thursday at 6 PM

More Information
Alt. Phone: (865) 680-3256

Spring Hill

Grieving Loss by Suicide

Contact Information
Karyl Chastain Beal
(931)674-2314
karylofcolumbia@cs.com

Meeting Information
First Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

More Information
grief-after-suicide.com

Winchester

GriefShare

Contact Information
Pastor Jerry Jochem
(931) 636-1120
jochem131@abundantlifewin.org

Some northeast Tennessee residents may find it more convenient to participate in the Survivors of Suicide group currently operating out of Bristol, Virginia. This group meets on the first Friday of the month at 7 PM. Call (276) 466-2218, (276) 828-7731, or (877) 928-8522 for details.

Additionally, the Lee County Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at Lee Behavioral Health in Jonesville, Virginia. For more information, contact Bill & Phyllis Russell at (276) 346-1641 or Lee Behavioral Health at (276) 346-3590.

Other Resources

allianceofhope.org
pos-ffos.com
facesofsuicide.com
suicidememorialwall.com