21 News is taking the moment to think about those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Often, it's unexpected and without help to navigate grief, it can be far more challenging, and that's where the Loss Team comes in: Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide.

Roy Verrill was a veteran and motorcycle enthusiast, and the Verrill family lost their father Roy to suicide last December.

"It was like a bad dream," Roy Verrill's son, Tristin said.

The Trumbull County LOSS team was there when the Verrills learned what happened and is still here.

The Verrills said coping would have been much harder without the help of Amy and John Zell of Loss.

"We're dispatched by the coroner's office to go to the scenes of suicides whenever there's family that needs support, or individuals that are on site that needs support," Director of Grief and Loss Emotion, Amy Zell, said. 

"They were the first on scene. They were there before I was there," Roy Verrill's daughter-in-law Jessica said, "By the time I got there Tristin was already calmed down."

Even while living in Florida, Lacey Verrill can lean on her brother with the help of the Loss Team.

"My brother Tristin has been one of the strongholds for me getting through this, and I hope I'm the same with him," she said. 

Loss has trained volunteers to talk openly about any emotions associated with grief while offering ways to cope and some perspective, whether it's in a support group or one-on-one.

"Grief affects your body," Zell said,  "It's affecting your health. You carry trauma inside you, and suicide is a trauma, and that can be devastating for families."

Tristin and Lacey said one of the most prevalent emotions they feel is guilt. 

"The biggest thing now is all the questions, like why? What if I would have done this?" he asked, "But then with the help of Amy and John, they're telling me there's nothing you could have done. It's not your fault."

Zell reminds us that suicide is not discriminatory. It can happen to anyone and the most important thing to do is to talk about it.

"There's no judgment, there's no questioning or anything like that answer questions if they have them," she said, "Give that support to let them know that there's somebody there that can see them through. There's so much stigma with suicide loss."

Click here to read more about Trumbull County's Loss Team.