To help someone else who has suffered a loss by suicide or other traumatic means, you can do this:
>Be there. Listen.
>Let them know you remember them and their loved one after others have returned to normal life.
>Say the lost one’s name. Share memories.
>Offer specific help with things like cutting grass, helping with errands or caring for pets.
>Include survivors in activities, but understand when they need solitude.
>Speak out against stigma.
> Encourage one survivor to reach out to another to share both pain and healing.
>Participate in grassroots movements and nonprofit organizations to fight stigma and to provide information to first responders and medical and law enforcement personnel.
You can make a real difference in someone's life.
Way for Hope
Losing someone you love is difficult, but it can mean a lot to hear from others traveling similar paths.
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Links of Value:
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Word of God
"My Story" Big Daddy Weave
"Hope in Front of Me"
The Joy FM
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