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September is Suicide Prevention Month. We need to raise awareness of this important topic.

According to “Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide to Funeral Directors”:

Death by suicide in the United States remains a public health crisis. Researchers estimate that for every suicide, 15-30 people are directly impacted, and a total of up to up to 135 people are exposed in some way because they knew the person.

Funeral directors encounter all situations where the death of loved one occurs. Few can rival the heartache and emotion that goes with being involved in the loss of a loved one due to suicide.

As a survivor of suicide loss, you come face to face with emotions you are, understandably, ill prepared for.

We want you to know that we understand your feelings. It is the responsibility of my staff and myself to empathetically listen to your expression of feelings, and to recommend appropriate counsel and advice, as needed, to help you through the grieving process.

Situations differ, but the advice could include referral to support groups or community-based services where you can seek and find acceptance as a suicide loss survivor. Remember, you are not alone in your grief.

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