It’s not uncommon for a parent to feel suicidal after the death of a child.
In fact, one third of the group of suicide loss survivors I facilitated struggled with thoughts of suicide. While all of my group had lost a child to suicide, it’s not uncommon for parents who’ve lost a child to any cause of death. It’s so hard and in some parents, it can bring on feelings of failure and loss so acute it triggers thoughts of suicide.
No matter how a child dies, there is a correlation to early death of parents whether it’s from an accident, disease or suicide.
Here’s what I’m saying.
Death of a child is out of order and as a result, you are under more stress than you have ever endured which has a bearing on your physical and mental health. If you find yourself, in your grief, suffering from thoughts of suicide, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Calling a local resource or crisis line is your best bet but I’m going to offer national and international resources.
A suicide grief support group saved me and here are some resources for support groups in the United States. It was the best thing I ever did after my own son’s suicide.
Grief Support, National
- Suicide loss support groups in the US and abroad
- GriefShare Group Locator – National Chapter Locator for general grief and loss
- The Dougy Center – National, grief support for children and families
- Compassionate Friends Chapter Locator – National Chapter Locator for loss of a child
- More Resources here
If you’ve had one single fleeting thought of killing yourself, stop right now and program into your phone or call one of these numbers. Reach out to me.
U.S. Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255. U.S. Crisis text line 741-741.