The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is dedicated to supporting survivors of suicide loss, that is, individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. The grieving process in the wake of suicide is often complicated by the stigma that surrounds suicide. The Samaritans offers individual and group support to survivors to facilitate a healthy grieving process and help individuals on their healing journey.
If you have lost a family member, friend or client By suicide:
- You may find that even close friends can’t talk about the death, perhaps out of fear of upsetting you.
- You may be overwhelmed by intense anger and worry about the rest of the family falling apart.
- You may discover that the pain and grieving do not stop, in spite of your determined efforts.
- You may wonder if you will ever be able to accept life fully and joyfully again.
- But... You are not alone!
Survivors of suicide loss resource packets
We have survivor resources packets which
include poems, some literature on
grieving a suicide death, places to call
for comfort, suggested music to listen to, support groups, websites, books, etc. If you are interested in receiving one, please email Debbie at dhelms@FSMV.org.
SAFE PLACE Support Group - Adult
Safe Place is a suicide survivor support group for adults (over 18) who have lost a loved one to suicide. Safe Place is a place for individuals to grieve, share difficulties and feelings, and find support from others who are grieving in the wake of a suicide death. Meetings are facilitated by a peer suicide survivor and are confidential and free.
Safe Place meets at two locations twice each month:
Safe Place Support Group - Teen
Safe Place-Teen is a support group for teens who has lost a loved one, friend, or classmate to suicide. It is a safe place to talk, listen, cry, be silent, grieve, be accepted, be understood, and offer acceptance and understanding to someone else in need.
Safe Place-Teen is a confidential and free support group led by trained suicide survivors. Parental Consent is required for participation.
Samaritans of the Merrimack Valley can come to your school or youth center and run a weekly support group for a few weeks.Giving youth a safe and supportive place to talk openly about their feelings and the impact of losing a friend or family member is the first step in the healing journey.
Often times, survivors are not ready for a support group. Samaritans’ crisis help lines are staffed by trained volunteers who will listen with compassion. If you need someone to listen, call 1-866-912-4673 or 978-327-6607. The statewide Samaritans number is: 1-877-870-4673. Call2Talk's number is 508-532-CALL (2255).
Survivor to Survivor Services
This program provides support services directly to the survivors in their home. Two trained volunteers will come to your home for a couple of hours to listen, comfort, befriend, and help answer questions. This service provides help in the grieving process in ssafe and familiar surroundings. We can provide this service several times a year. Please call Debbie at 978-327-6671 for more information.
"Journey with hope" newsletter
This quarterly newsletter is made available to help survivors of suicide loss as they navigate their way through the very unique process and journey of grieving a loved one's suicide death. Journey With Hope is provided quarterly and offers tips, suggestions, articles, resources, and articles by fellow survivors of suicide loss. Submissions and suggestions are welcome, email them to dhelms@FSMV.org