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1 April 2014
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:
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