The Suicide Survivor’s Bill of Rights

I have the right to be free of guilt.

I have the right not to feel responsible for the suicide death.

I have the right to express my feelings and emotions, even if they do not seem acceptable, as long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.

I have the right to have my questions answered honestly by authorities and family members.

I have the right not to be deceived because others feel they can spare me further grief.

I have the right to maintain a sense of hopefulness.

I have the right to peace and dignity.

I have the right to positive feelings about one I lost through suicide, regardless of events prior to or at the time of the untimely death.

I have the right to retain my individuality and not be judged because of the suicide death.

I have the right to seek counseling and support groups to enable me to explore my feelings honestly to further the acceptance process.

I have the right to reach acceptance.
I have the right to a new beginning. I have the right to be.

In memory of Paul Trider, with thanks to Jann Gingold, M.S., Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Rev. Henry Milan. Reprinted by permission of JoAnn Mecca, Center for Inner Growth and Wholeness, 123B Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield CT. ©1984 JoAnne Mecca. All rights reserved.