Grief and loss associated with suicide death within Indigenous families and communities is complex and complicated because it is usually associated with high levels of trauma and paralysing fear and distress. Yet a suicide death is not just about the fear, trauma and distress, but is a lived experience both physically and existentially within the Indigenous culture. Suicide within an Indigenous cultural context is less about the individual and more about the collective community in which the individual lives and dies. Strengthening families to grieve safely reducing the risk of further loss is one aim of postvention.
Indigenous Grief and Loss
Website: Promote Life NT
When someone you love has passed on you will be feeling a lot of different emotions. It is also true that for Aboriginal people, there are some different things that you need to do with your people and community to help you with these feelings. This booklet is to help you to understand these things. It will also explain the difference between normal grieving, and when you need to get some help with your grief.
There are many agencies in the Northern Territory who provide support and counselling to those who have been bereaved by suicide. Listed below are the agencies in the NT who provide support and we encourage you to refer back to counselling for support and information. A comprehensive information and support pack for those bereaved by suicide or by other sudden death is also available on the Living is for Everyone website.