Few people like to talk about death, and many of us feel awkward around someone who has been bereaved, even if they’re a good friend or close colleague. We want to help, but worry about saying the wrong thing. Sometimes we can put off contacting them, and before long it may seem too late to say anything at all. Finding the Words is here to help.
Alongside our uncertainty over how we should react to a bereavement, is the fact that people bereaved by suicide have significantly less chance of receiving support from friends and family, and there are limited suicide bereavement support services across the country.
We wanted to share this new leaflet, Finding the Words, which seeks to suggest ways family, friends and colleagues can offer support to someone who has been bereaved by suicide. It has been written by Dr Alexandra Pitman (based on her research findings) and a writer with personal experience. We are hoping it will be welcomed as a valuable addition to the resources available for people affected by suicide.
Your support matters
25% of people bereaved by suicide said they received no support after their loss. Only 1% said they preferred to cope without support.
Of those who received support after being bereaved by suicide, 64% said this had come from family and friends.
Being there for someone can make a real difference.