Adult Survivor

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide by Jeffrey Jackson is a helpful guide for those grieving the loss of a loved one. It can be viewed and downloaded from the American Association of Suicidology website.

Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch can be purchased through This is a healing guide written with compassion and insight by Beverly Cobain, a psychiatric nurse and cousin of Kurt Cobain who died by suicide, and Jean Larch, a crisis intervention specialist.

Understanding Your Grief; Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph D, a helpful guide, is available through

Hope Begins With You

After a Tragic Loss What’s Next?

There is no right way to grieve if you have suffered a tragic loss.  It may be helpful to speak with someone if you are:

  • Having trouble with normal activities of daily living
  • Having difficulty making decisions
  • Having strong physical reactions such as nausea and fatigue
  • Isolating yourself from family/friends

If these reactions persist, there is support for you. Don’t be afraid to ask!

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Clergy
  • Mental Health Provider
  • Social worker
  • Guidance counselor
  • Other professional clinician
  • Support group


Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)