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News / 2014 / 04 / 01

Hope for Life: Support for Families

1 April 2014

Hope for Life: Support for Families

When a person dies, family and friends begin a period of grief. The loss of a loved one through suicide is a swift and devastating experience for the survivor because there is no preparation time for acceptance of death. Guilt feelings are intensified by the "if only" and the frustrations sharply felt due to the unanswered question - "WHY?"

Bereavement by Suicide Support Groups provide a safe place where survivors can share experiences and support each other on the journey toward healing. Many people find them to be a vital part of their healing process. Most groups are led by volunteer survivors and diversity of group members vary.

Support groups can be beneficial in allowing survivors to verbalise thoughts and emotions, helping them to connect with their feelings and express them without fear of judgement. Members will discover that they are not alone and they are not “going crazy”, they are just grieving. Being able to speak to others about problems without encountering rejection reinforces feelings of self-worth, helping to re-build self-esteem and self-confidence.

Reflections from participants:

  • Partners, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons all come together to support one another in our shared journey - Yvete
  • The Hope for Life group is a great support for survivors of suicide. It is a permanent support when faced with the inexplicable - Maree
  • My son chose to leave this world in 2012. The Hope for Life support group has helped me to survive the aftermath of his choice and to continue in a world without him. Try as they may, my family and friends can never understand my path like the members of this group - Matty's mum
  • Hope for life group - what it means to me. Loss from suicide is hard to bear and would be harder without the help of others who understand the loss and pain - Geoff Barber

The group meets Monday nights fortnightly in Townsville. For more information phone (07) 4447 7198.

For immediate help please call the National Bereavement Support Line 1300467354.

People need a listening ear, they need support, they need hope

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