Dealing with a loss

Losing someone to suicide can be shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief can be intense, complex, and long term. Working through grief is an extremely individual and unique process; each person will experience it in their own way and at their own pace.

  • Grief does not follow a linear path
  • Grief doesn’t always move in a forward direction
  • There is no time frame for grief

Find help and support:

If you are dealing with the suicide of a friend or loved one, it is important to find support to help make sense of what has happened, deal with the grief and learn how to live with your loss.

If you are thinking about suicide get help immediately. Call 911 or toll-free at 1-833-456-4566.

How can I help someone bereaved by suicide?

To find a local Bereavement Support Group, see the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention website or contact your local crisis centre for information.


For residents of Quebec, call 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277 3553)


Chat and text are available 5pm-1am ET.
Please understand this is a pilot project and we are experiencing high volumes.
See our resource page for more local crisis/ distress centres contact information.


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