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Grief Counseling and Support Systems

Grief

After a Suicide

Grief associated with suicide can be especially difficult. Those who lose someone close to suicide may be feeling intense anger, shame and guilt. Survivors of suicide (those who lost someone close) sometimes wrestle with trying to understand and accept the death of someone close for years.

Survivors of suicide are not alone; there are many others who have been affected by suicide and have experienced many of the same emotions. Grief manifests differently in many individuals.  There is support for survivors of suicide and we encourage you to seek it out for yourself and others who may have lost someone to suicide.

Survivors of Suicide Support Groups

After an Overdose

Death by overdose may be caused by a one-time overuse event, an accidental combination of legally prescribed medications and/or alcohol, or may be the culmination of a long pattern of substance abuse. Regardless of the cause, grief associated with an overdose can be full of pain, uncertainty, guilt and shame. Families bereaved by drug-overdose death may face social stigma, personal doubts and frequently feel that they lack support from family, friends, and the community. It’s not uncommon for people to feel isolated during this time. There are, however, thousands of Utahans who have been affected by overdose and many people who are able to support those who have also lost someone to an overdose. The following organizations provide resources for those who have lost someone to an overdose death:

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