Rick Warren's Reactions to Son's Suicide Illustrate the Mixed Emotions of Grieving a Suicide, says Faith-based Website, followme.org

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Suicide survivors working through stages of grief must seek "spiritual balance" in spite of waves of guilt, anger, and depression, says faith-based website, followme.org.

Pastor Rick Warren speaks at TED Conference in February 2006

Churches and community organizations need to provide safe-houses for suicide survivors-- where all emotions are accepted, where there is no stigma, and where deep healing is sought.

"Mourning the suicide of a loved one complicates the journey of coping with grief. Still, however, suicide survivors must keep their eyes set on the end goals of acceptance," says followme.org, a faith-based website that provides resources for coping with grief after a loved one's suicide.

That statement came today as Pastor Rick Warren (@RickWarren) has taken to social media to expressing his grief over the Saturday suicide of his son, Matthew. "I've cried almost as many tears of joy as tears of grief in the last 48 hours," Pastor Warren Tweeted to his followers on Tuesday.

Warren, an avid Tweeter with over 960,000 followers, has remained fairly quiet online since the death of his 27-year-old son. However, this week, Pastor Warren is beginning to shed light on the journey of grief for suicide survivors.

"Grieving is hard. Grieving as public figures, harder. Grieving while haters celebrate your pain, hardest. Your notes sustained us," Warren Tweeted on Monday.

Yet in the midst of their grief, Warren and his family are taking positive steps forward, promoting an effort to "end the stigma of mental illness," he Tweeted today.

So what can Pastor Warren's public response tell us about healthy means of coping with grief after a loved one's suicide? Followme.org provides online resources for individuals battling suicidal thoughts as well as those searching for answers after a loved one's death. Its leaders say that, as Warren's Tweets illustrate, "the grief of a suicide survivor is a rollercoaster."

"Grieving the loss of a loved one is really painful. Adding the emotions of guilt, anger toward your loved one, and deep depression, however, can make grieving the suicide of a loved one downright excruciating. As Warren's family has proclaimed, suicide survivors need to find a sense of spiritual balance as they navigate the waters of suicide grief," says Pastor Jamie of followme.org.

What can community organizations do to assist those mourning suicides of loved ones? "Churches and community organizations need to provide safe-houses for suicide survivors-- where all emotions are accepted, where there is no stigma, and where deep healing is sought," says Pastor Jamie.

Warren and his family have established a special program to raise funds for mental health research and suicide prevention. For more information, visit http://www.followme.org.

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