Suicide Loss Resources

For many loss survivors, finding people who have experienced similar losses can be a lifeline. The following list of support groups for loss survivors, although mostly virtual currently, can provide a connection with other loss survivors, provide a place to talk safely and openly about what they’re experiencing, and provide hope and healing.

Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors

Samaritans, Inc.:
Virtual meetings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 t0 8:00.
Contact Emily Davis at edavis@samaritanshope.org for more information and links

Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands:
info@samaritanscape.org

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley:
Virtual meetings: one group meets virtually on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30. The second group meets once a month virtually. Email dhelms@fsmv.org for more information

Samaritans of Fall River/New Bedford:
Please call 508.673.3777 for more information

See a New Sun Foundation:
Contact Barbara Whitcomb at barbarawhitcomb@msn.com or call 978.486.4928

Healing after Suicide Loss- Pittsfield, MA:
Contact Peggy Morse – 413.441.6316 or email at peggyf@verizon.net

Healing after Suicide Loss – East Longmeadow, MA:
Contact DIana and Paul Lewis – 413.525.7752 or email at DPROF52@aol.com

Healing after Suicide Loss – Northampton, MA:
Contact Geraldine Unger at 413.203.1200 or email at sas4healing@gmail.com

The Garden - Center for Grieving Children – Northhampton, MA:
Contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at 413.584.7086, Ext. 124 or email at shelly.thegarden@gmail.com

Suggested Reading List

  • After Suicide Loss – Coping with your Grief:
    Jack Jordan and Bob Baugher; Caring People Press, 2016
  • Night Falls Fast - Understanding Suicide:
    Kay Redfield Jamison; Knopf, 1999
  • Someone I Loved Died by Suicide:
    A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them: Doreen Cammarata; Grief Guidance, Inc., 2001
  • No Time To Say Good-Bye:
    Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One; Doubleday, 1997
  • Myths About Suicide:
    Thomas Joiner; Harvard University Press, 2011
  • Dying to be Free:
    Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch; Hazelden, 2006
  • Suicide Survivors’ Handbook:
    Trudy Carlson; Benline Press, 2000
  • After Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids:
    Dougy Center, 2001
  • Reaching Out After Suicide: What’s Helpful and What’s Not:
    Linda H. Kilburn; KP Associates, LLC, 2008
  • Why People Die by Suicide:
    Thomas Joiner; Charles Press, 1997
  • Why Suicide:
    Eric Marcus; Harper-Collins, 2010
  • Do they have bad days in heaven?
    Surviving the suicide loss of a sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust; Bolton Press, 2001
  • After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal:
    Margo Requarth; Healing Hearts Press, 2006
  • Still With Us: Voices of Sibling Suicide Loss Survivors:
    Lena M.Q. Hellman; BDI Publishers, 2019

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