“WAKEUP Call”…Why Did You Say That?

I am amazed at the insensitivity of some people when death and loss occur.  Do people think before they speak?  I am going to presume people do not know what they do not know and offer a wakeup call.

Suicide death brings with it different problems than those related to death by illness, accident and dying by natural causes when an individual is old and lived a full life.  This is where the “WAKEUP Call” comes in.

As a friend, co-worker, neighbour or anyone who wants to talk about someone dying by suicide use your discretionary skills.  You may not know who will overhear a conversation and what the loss experience of another person is, especially where suicide loss is involved.

A survivor of suicide loss does not generally advertise their grief category therefore you may not know; all the more reason to not joke or be disrespectful of any death loss.  Keep your comments to yourself or in a private setting not in the workplace or public restaurant, etc.

A survivor of suicide loss in many cases is trying to deal with a death, understand why this happened, what signs if any they missed and much more.


For many people the healing process starts with talking about their loss.

Imagine, not feeling it is safe or not knowing where it is safe to talk.

Now that you know a few concerns of survivors of suicide loss, perhaps you can be the person who speaks with compassion, offers a listening ear with no judgment and educates others.  A survivor of suicide loss did not ask to be one and would give anything to not be known as SOS loss.

Survivor of Suicide Loss

All my best,

Barbara Saunders