At the same time you are trying to make sense of your loss, it is likely that you also face complicated financial issues.
Dealing with them while you are in a vulnerable emotional state might seem overwhelming. We are here to help. With assistance from the nonprofit National Endowment for Financial Education, we have developed information to help you manage the financial decisions you face.
It would be nice if you could take a break from everyday concerns while you struggle with your suicide loss. Yet even as your personal world may seem to have come to a sudden halt, the world around you continues to make demands. Bills are due. Expenses need to be met. Especially if your loved one was the primary breadwinner or financial decision-maker in your life, this may be unfamiliar and even frightening territory. How much money do I have? What bills should I be paying? How will I make the house payment? Can I afford to go continue school, or send my children to college?
On the pages that follow, we share information to help you answer these kinds of questions. Many of the questions we’ve included were suggested by survivors like you, based on their own experiences. We are grateful to them for sharing their stories and helping us make this information as useful as possible for you and other survivors.
As you review these pages, if you come across unfamiliar financial terms, please check our glossary for short definitions.
Survivors who have been down this difficult path before you won’t tell you it’s easy. But with time, and with help from family, friends, professional advisors, and fellow survivors, there is hope for the future.