For Survivors of Suicide

You are not alone…

Support for anyone who has lost a loved one through suicide

Advice For Survivors

  • Even if you feel that you cannot survive, know that you can.
  • Feelings of shock, guilt, blame, anger, relief, depression, and isolation are common responses to grief. These emotions can be overwhelming but know that they are normal.
  • Each survivor grieves in his own way and at his own pace.
  • Seek out people who are willing to listen without judging.
  • Remember that many people are affected by suicide.
  • Seek professional help if needed.
  • Take care of yourself—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • This is the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient and do not try to do it by yourself.

Recommended Reading

“SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide”
A publication of the American Association of Suicidology. Written by a survivor for survivors, the guidebook addresses the unique aspects of suicide loss and grief and offers suggestions for what to do in the aftermath.

SOS Handbook in Spanish “Sobrevivientes de un Suicida”

Survivors of Suicide Loss Resources
A brief directory of literature and websites for survivors of suicide loss.

TSPN – Survivor of Suicide Loss Resource Sheet

SOS Can Help

  • Survivors of Suicide group meetings are open to anyone who has lost a loved one through suicide or who is helping someone who has lost a loved one through suicide.
  • Survivors need a safe place to explore their feelings of grief and anger, to raise questions and doubts.
  • We are here whenever the survivor is ready for us and for as long as he or she needs us.
  • We understand that the grieving process is hard work.
  • Members have all been there and are often the only ones who can truly understand the survivor.
  • Survivors can attend an SOS meeting the day of the funeral, a few months after, or even years later.
  • Survivors are free to talk or just listen.

SOS Groups In Tennessee

Carroll County
Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group (flyer)
Christy Blount (
1st Saturday of each month from 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Baptist Memorial Hospital, 631 R B Wilson Dr. Huntingdon, TN 38344


Grief Support Groups
Hospice of Chattanooga (

Marlene Bassetts and John Schaefer (
(931) 644-9600
Mondays at 5:30 PM, Tuesdays at 9:30 AM, and Wednesdays at 1 PM
GriefShare website

“Journey” grief support groups
(931) 525-2600
Held periodically, call or e-mail for next course date
More information at

Survivors of Suicide Loss
(615) 244-7444 (24/7)
Every Monday at 7:00 PM

Franklin (for Youth)
Meets Every Thursday 5:30pm-6:30p

Survivors of Suicide Loss
Paula Terry (
(731) 609-8897
2nd Thursday of at 6:30 PM

Jefferson City
Cynthia Lynn (
(865) 680-3256
6 PM on the first Thursday of each month

*Due to the pandemic, this group is not meeting until further notice (updated January 2021).

Johnson City

Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hosted by Summit Leadership located at 3104 Hanover Road, Johnson City, TN
Contact: Dr. Barbara Sims

ComPASS (Communicating the Pain as Suicide Survivors)
Location: Peninsula: The Light House  1451 Dowell Springs Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37909
Date & Time: 2nd Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm; Administrative Board Room (lower level) Peninsula Compass Support Group Flyer
Mark Potts, Director of Clinical Services at Peninsula. Any
questions about the group can be directed to Mark at (865) 374-7106 or

Suicide Grievers Support Group
Paula J. Alexander, LCSW, CGC (
2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM

Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group
Kerry Mitchell (
(901) 208-6814
3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM

Survivors of Suicide Loss
(615) 244-7444 (24/7)
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM

Survivors of Suicide Loss
(615) 244-7444 (24/7)
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Savannah (Hardin and Surrounding Counties)
Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group Meeting
Dr. Kelly Young (731) 212 – 2482 or (731) 215 – 0733
4th Monday of the Month at 6 PM

ComPASS (Communicating the Pain as Suicide Survivors)
Dr. Cynthia Lynn ( or Jack and Robin Maples
3rd Thursday at 6 PM
(865) 654-8247 or 680-3256

Spring Hill
Grieving Loss by Suicide
Karyl Chastain Beal (931)674-2314
First Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Jerry Jochem (
(931) 636-1120

*Some northeast Tennessee residents may find it more convenient to participate in the Survivors of Suicide group currently operating out of Bristol, Virginia. This group meets on the first Friday of the month at 7 PM; call (276) 466-2218, (276) 828-7731, or (877) 928-8522 for details.

Additionally, the Lee County Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at Lee Behavioral Health in Jonesville, Virginia. For more information, contact Bill & Phyllis Russell at (276) 346-1641 or Lee Behavioral Health at (276) 346-3590.

**The Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group also meets in Oxford and Southaven, Mississippi, see the group flyer for details.

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