Family Services’ Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is dedicated to supporting 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. 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!
For more information about any of our Support Services, please complete the contact form or call 978-327-6671.
Safe Place Support Group for Adults
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:
- in North Andover on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Parish at 196 Main Street.
- in Beverly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 705 Hale Street.
Survivor to Survivor Suicide 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 safe and familiar surroundings.
Attempt Survivor Support Group
According to data reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, approximately 25 people attempt for every reported death by suicide. The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley hosts a support group for individuals over age 18 who have attempted suicide in the past and are in need of connecting with others who have had the same experience. During this eight week group series, participants will discuss topics such as safety planning, coping skills, self-care and processing past events. Offered 3-4 times annually, this suicide attempt survivor support group, is confidential, free and led by Craig Miller, an attempt survivor. To inquire about joining the group, please complete the contact form or call 978-327-6671.