Suicide Bereavement Support
Suicide has a devastating effect on families, friends and the wider community. You may be reading this following a tragedy in your own life and may not know where to turn for support to help you through this heartbreaking time. Or you may wish to support someone who's been recently bereaved by suicide. Here you will find practical information on managing suicide grief and accessing supports to help guide you through the grief.
Suicide grief will always remain, but good suicide bereavement support can help you find a way to live with your grief.
Bereavement by suicide is devastating, but there are people and organisations who would like to support you through this hardest of times. It's ok to reach out for help when you need it. Other people have had similar experiences and with help they've learned to live with their grief. It's not easy but it's worthwhile.
Nowadays specialised help and support is available and is easily accessible with thanks to a number of excellent voluntary groups and organisations such as HUGG (Healing Untold Grief Groups).
Groups and voluntary organisations provide bereavement support, both at local level and nationally. In our Get Help Section below, we have spotlighted some organisations who provide these services and we also have a more comprehensive listing of local support services in all regions. Fortunately, since the pandemic organisations also provide supports online, making groups and other supports accessible no matter where in the country you are.
Here a father shares his own story of how he has learned to live with his grief following the suicide of his son.
Specialist Bereavement Support Services
HUGG is a peer support organisation providing both in-person and online support groups, email and telephone support for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide. Through their peer support groups, the charity provides the opportunity to meet others who have experienced a bereavement by suicide. HUGG groups meet every two weeks at a number of venues and online. There are HUGG groups in Dublin (Leopardstown, Tallaght and Smithfield), Cavan, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Donegal, plus two virtual HUGG groups that meeting online. All groups are facilitated by trained volunteers, who have also been bereaved by suicide. Everyone over 18 years is welcome. Details are on the website which is also a useful resource of information on grief management and practical information in the aftermath of a suicide, including information on the Coroner process. Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20204480.
The CRY charity was founded in 2002 by parents who had experienced the effects of Sudden Cardiac Death and unexplained death within their families. CRY provides a range of Family Support services to loved ones and families throughout Ireland (32 counties). Provides support to loved ones who have been bereaved and also those who live with an inherited cardiac condition. CRY's team of volunteers listen in confidence and provide emotional support and information where necessary.
All Island Freephone Helpline No: 1800 714 080 from Rep of Ireland and 0044 714 080 from NI & UK.
Free 24 Hour Support service with therapeutic approach for people in suicidal distress, who engage in self-harm, are particularly low or who are bereaved by suicide. See website for branches.
- Freephone 24 hour Helpline: 1800 247 247
- Text HELP to 51444
- Web: pieta.ie
Immediately after a Suicide, Living Links provides practical help, information and outreach support for bereaved families. What happens next, how to tell children or talk to neighbours, what happens at the inquest? What supports are available? This volunteer service is free of charge. Available also to emergency personnel, gardai etc., affected by suicide. Branches in Tipperary and in the Midlands.
Providing fast and easy access to counselling and psychotherapyface to face and online. MyMind work to deliver affordable counselling with a sliding pay scale according to client. Also, for those directly affected by Covid-19, MyMind are now also delivering FREE online counselling appointments all over Ireland. For more information CLICK HERE .
Online mental health community providing support groups, peer support and one to one online counselling. Turn2me provide 6 free counselling sessions to anyone over 18 years living in Ireland. Website is a good resource of information on mental health issues.
Contact: via form on the website
Here we've listed three recommended publications together with a comprehensive list of local and national bereavement support organisations in Ireland. We to keep our listings up to date but please let us know if you find any contact details have been updated.
You are not alone
A useful guide with practical information & resources together with lists of organisations in Ireland providing help & support. It is suitable for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide or who would like to help someone recently bereaved. The booklet is not intended to be read cover to cover, just the sections that are relevant to you. It focuses on five key areas:
- Taking care of the practical matters
- What you may be feeling
- Your connection with the person who has died
- Getting through and creating a new future
- Help and support
Help is at Hand
Another useful resource for people affected by suicide, providing both emotional & practical support. This is a UK publication which was used extensively as a reference for the "You are not alone" guide. It was written in collaboration with people bereaved by suicide and uses their experiences to help inform the resource. The various sections focus on feelings and practicalities, both in the immediate aftermath and beyond. Suitable for people bereaved by suicide and for those who wish to help someone recently bereaved. As it is a UK publication, so some listings apply to UK only. However, the contents have a universal relevance.