While the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time, the Coroner's office strives to assist family members with any concerns or questions and to aid in the grieving process in a professional and courteous manner.
While most people understand that grief is a natural part of life, coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. You don't have to be alone in your bereavement. If you find the process overwhelming, consider these options:
- Ask a member of the clergy or your physician for a referral to a licensed therapist trained in grief counseling.
- Contact the Jefferson Center for Mental Health at 303-425-0300.
- You can discuss options like in-person, professional counseling support groups and other options.
Survivors of suicide represent "the largest mental health casualties related to suicide," said Edwin Schneidman, Ph.D., founding president of the American Association of Suicidology*.
No one should suffer this loss alone. If your family is experiencing the pain of suicide:
- It is best to seek professional guidance while you work through some of the issues related to suicide. Ask your family doctor for a referral or, in Jefferson County, contact the Jefferson Center for Mental Health at 303-425-0300.
- The victims of suicide leave behind many other people who are themselves victims: family members, friends, coworkers, classmates and even professional caregivers feel the pain and loss associated with suicide.
- Grief is an extremely unique and individual and unique process; each person will experience it in their own way and at their own pace.
- Additional resources for suicide survivors include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Survivors of Suicide and The Link National Resource Center.
*Taken from the 'Survivors of Suicide' fact sheet from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Also see the American Association of Suicidology website for more information.
If you or anyone you know may be considering suicide, you should immediately call 911 (as in any life-threatening situation). If you wish to talk with a trained counselor by telephone at any time, 24 hours a day, call:
- 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
- Contact the Jefferson Center for Mental Health at 303-425-0300
- You can discuss options like in-person, professional counseling support groups and other options