Lifeline’s Suicide Bereavement Support Group is held in Coffs Harbour on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month. The support group is led by trained facilitators and is open to those 18 years and over who have lost someone to suicide.
The purpose of this support group is to bring people together to share their stories where it is ok to talk about suicide and the aftermath of the impact. The stigma, shame, anger and guilt that suicide can bring carries unspoken messages that it is not ok to talk about it, which leaves loved ones feeling alone, isolated and confused. Some of the experiences of bereavement following suicide might include:
- a sense of unreality, numbness, nightmares and intrusive thoughts.
- feelings of guilt and failure that it was not prevented.
- feelings of guilt at perceived failed responsibilities.
- a sense of blame.
- an unrelenting need to ask why, to try and make sense of and understand why it happened.
- feelings of rejection and abandonment.
- anger towards the person who has suicided.
- personal diminishment, that is, experiencing the suicide as a reflection of the quality of the relationship with the person.
- a sense of shame and stigma, that other people will think negatively about you and your family. Sometimes this can result in feeling alone and wanting to withdraw from others.
Bereavement through suicide carries elements of grief that without some type of support and normalisation of feelings, one can become overwhelmed by the tragic circumstances of the death. Our vision is to provide a safe open environment for those progressing through their grief and loss, with support and hope, by sharing and connecting with others who are bereaved by suicide.
For further information, please call 02 6651 4093 or email [email protected]