Support and Care for People Bereaved by Suicide

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hillsThere are a variety of ways in which a church can be a source of love and grace for the grieving by:

  • Recognising the unique challenges in grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide.
  • Reaching out to draw people bereaved by suicide into the normal activities of the church. 
  • Supporting people bereaved by suicide with the same gestures of kindness that are extended to others who have deaths in the family (e.g. preparing a meal).
  • Talking with people bereaved by suicide about the deceased person in the same sensitive way you would about any other person who has recently died. 
  • Encouraging them to seek specialised support in their grieving process, either through support groups for people bereaved by suicide or by seeking professional grief counselling with a therapist experienced with people bereaved by suicide .
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