After a Suicide…
You can expect to be in shock at first. You may feel emotional numbness that is frightening to you. You may struggle to believe and to disbelieve that this could happen to you. It has happened.
It is real. Recognize that a loss has occurred. Keep in mind, at the beginning, there is an end . . . You will heal. Somehow the camaraderie of mutual suffering eases the pain. You have comrades. You are strong enough. You will survive.
— Adapted from How to Survive the Loss of a Love,
by Colgrove, Bloomfield and McWilliams.
Survivors of Suicide
Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is a support group open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a relative or a friend through suicide. We share the common trauma. Click here to learn how Survivors of Suicide began and how we help each other.
Survivors of Suicide is a Safe Place
Survivors need a safe place to explore their feelings of grief and anger, to raise questions and doubts.
There is no timetable for grief. Some survivors have attended an SOS meeting the day of the funeral. Others have come a few months after; some, a few years later.
We will welcome you at any time. We are here when you are ready for us, and for as long as you need us. We will listen to you. We care about living, about loving. We care about you.
Survivors of Suicide Support Groups
The new Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Sandwich support group meets the first Monday of every month at:
Salem Lutheran Church
The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Aurora support group meets the third Monday of every month at:
Advent Christian Church
For more information, call 630-482-9696 or email Stephanie.
Survivors of Suicide is open to anyone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Please feel welcome to bring a friend for additional support. Click here for more information on SOS.
Click here to download the new SOS brochure.
Contact us for more information on Suicide Prevention Services of America support groups and other services.