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Grief after losing a loved one to suicide is similar to grief after other types of sudden death however, suicide raises additional complex grief issues because of the sudden and traumatic nature of the death.
There are many places that you can turn to for support following the death of a loved one to suicide. Help can be obtained from:
- Crisis and Counseling Telephone Lines (to the right)
- General Practitioners
- Psychologists (see the Australian Psychological Society or BeyondBlue for listings of psychologists across Australia)
Organisations Offering Specific Suicide Bereavement Support
A number of services exist to guide and support the bereaved both through the initial period after losing someone by suicide and over the long term. Short-term care may involve providing information and referral to other support services such as crisis counselling as well as practical assistance in dealing with the police and coroner, making funeral arrangements and dealing with legal issues. Social and personal support, both individual and in groups with others who have shared a similar experience, is available over the weeks, months and years to help the bereaved come to terms with the loss of their loved one.