As an international authority on suicide loss who is certified in thanatology (death, dying, and  bereavement), I do deep, transformative, life-changing work with individuals, families, and communities. I also train clinicians, medical professionals, clergy, and funeral directors across the country and around the world, providing insight and perspective into the unique nature of suicide loss.

I lost my brother Stephen to suicide in 1993, and combine the lessons learned throughout my own journey of healing with two decades as a professional in suicide aftercare. It's a journey that has taken me from Capitol Hill to South Korea, from television news studios to high school auditoriums, and from Wall Street hedge fund conference rooms to suburban family living rooms.

I'm a survivor of suicide loss. I've been there.

And I'm here -- with empathy, expertise, practical guidance, and most important, hope.


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How I Can Help

Everything I offer is available by Zoom. I've been doing this work remotely for years, providing support and guidance to individuals, families, and communities across the country and around the world.

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Coping After Suicide, LLC (and Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, CT, JD, President) serve solely as a suicide bereavement and postvention advisor/coach and are not licensed mental health professionals. Advice provided is not intended to constitute therapy or mental health counseling, and shall not be so construed.  Responsibility for seeking psychological counseling and/or medical advice rests solely with the user. Coping After Suicide, LLC and Joanne L. Harpel, President, are not governed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  


If at any time you are in crisis and/or feeling suicidal call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  800-273-TALK or 911, text “HELP” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go the nearest emergency room.

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