Grief is a universal experience. It is a normal, healthy response to loss. If you have ever experienced it, you know grief can be a difficult process. This process can be more challenging when it happens during a time of our lives that we are already experiencing other changes (like adolescence). Additionally, suicide is a complex loss because one has to grieve a loss that was caused by the decision of the individual to take their own life.
The stigma surrounding suicide can also complicate the grieving process for many reasons, including intensifying the emotions that one may not expect to experience surrounding a loved one’s death such as guilt, blame, shame, anger, fear and/or relief, etc.) and can often cause people to feel uncomfortable seeking comfort from others in talking about their loss like they would when a loved one dies from other causes such as a natural death, an accident or a long term illness.
Many adult suicide loss survivors find comfort in seeking others who have shared a similar loss due to this stigma, and Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide is a group that is just for youth 13-19 who have lost a family member or friend to suicide.
Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide meets the first Wednesday each month 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sheridan Public Library Conference Room - 3425 W. Oxford Ave. Denver, CO 80236
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or is in crisis:
Please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. You can also reach them at www.coloradocrisisservices.org. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOPE to 741-741 or visit www.imalive.org for online text chat. The founder of The Hope Group, LLC, Charlotte Tankersley, and the facilitators of Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide would like you to know that you matter! Hope and help are available 24/7/365; please reach out.