From the Desk of Bob Miller
Founder of Suicide Loss Foundation and a Fellow Survivor
Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death for adults and the second leading cause of death among youth. My name is Bob Miller, and I know firsthand the painful loss of a family member to suicide. I lost my father to suicide years ago and experienced the complex and confusing grief and stress that accompanies such a loss. The American Psychiatric Association states, “The level of stress resulting from the suicide of a loved one is ranked as a catastrophic-equivalent to that of a concentration camp experience.” Post suicide grief can include sadness, depression, PTSD, loneliness, confusion, guilt, shame, and isolation.
Deborah Serani, Psy.D., aptly states, “Suicide, however, has been described as a death like no other … and it truly is. Death by suicide stuns with soul-crushing surprise, leaving family and friends not only grieving the unexpected death, but confused and lost by this haunting loss.” It is, therefore, easy to understand, yet concerning, that family members are twice as likely to commit suicide after experiencing a suicide loss. It is vital to comprehend that assisting, supporting and guiding loved ones after a suicide will literally save lives. Postvention care after a suicide is, in fact, prevention. No one should have to walk this traumatic grief journey alone. Countless individuals cannot find, or worse yet, afford, the life-giving support and tools required to heal after such a devastating loss.
To fill a much-needed void and address the needs of those who have experienced a suicide, the Suicide Loss Foundation has been established. Simply put, Suicide Loss Foundation believes in “Life after Loss.” Our foundation offers postvention care to suicide loss survivors through peer-to-peer support, counseling services, and a reading resource library. Our mission is to offer these life-giving benefits free to those who cannot afford them because everyone should have the postvention assistance they need regardless of income or access to appropriate mental health care.
In order to deliver the mission of our organization, Suicide Loss Foundation needs your help. It is as simple as buying someone a book, or covering the cost of a counseling session, or sessions. Working together we can be a refuge for those who have experienced the crushing loss of a loved one to suicide. Please consider making a donation or sending a check to Suicide Loss Foundation: 31886 Northwestern HWY, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Every dollar makes a difference, and all donations are fully tax deductible.
Together, we can make a significant impact for a population that so desperately needs our support.
Founder and Executive Director
Suicide Loss Foundation
Suicide Loss Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. EIN# 81-3411610 – Donations are tax deductible.