When the death of a loved one occurs by suicide, it is often unexpected and shocking. The suicide can leave survivors unclear as to why it happened or if they could have prevented it. It may take a while to accept, but it is not your fault.
Healing from a suicide loss can be a long and difficult journey, but you are not alone.
Washington Survivors of Suicide (WASOS), formerly known as CC Cares, is a program for those newly bereaved by suicide from those who have been there. The program was originally started and nurtured by Forefront Suicide Prevention - A Center of Excellence at the University of Washington.
Talking to someone who has survived a loss can be healing for those who have more recently experienced a loss. In addition to a care package, WASOS also offers phone-based support from companions who have also experienced a suicide loss. We will do our best to match one of our volunteer companions based on the relationship of the loss, for example sibling, parent, friend.
Our mentor will first reach out within two weeks of the request to make sure that the loss survivor wants the connection. We will also maintain communication only if the loss survivor would like.
To request a grief companion for yourself or someone else, please fill out the form below:
*Survivor must be a Washington State resident
Crisis Connections also offers a care package for those who are recently bereaved by a suicide. These care packages are currently available for free to families living in Washington State.