Suicide is a topic that is often avoided or kept quiet in our society and can carry with it an unfortunate stigma for survivors. As we’ve experienced, suicide is something that can strike any family and is not singular to any one type of person, culture or economic status. Our mission is to help elevate the discussion and availability of support for those who need it so that no one has to feel silenced in their grief.
In the days and weeks following our losses, we were fortunate to discover the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) program in Chicago and were comforted by the hope, inspiration and friendship that grew out of sharing our stories. While each of our situations was unique, we experienced a sense of togetherness in talking about our loved ones and navigating our journeys after their deaths.
Knowing that the availability of resources for survivors is limited, we wanted others to have a place to turn – no matter their location or grief stage. While we lost our fathers, we created this blog to serve as a helpful resource to anyone who is seeking support following the loss of someone close to suicide, no matter their connection.
Our reflections will address the impact of suicide on our lives and the ways we have begun to live on in “our new normal.”