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Suicide Grief: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide


A loved one's suicide can be emotionally devastating. Use healthy coping strategies — such as seeking support — to begin the journey to healing and acceptance.


When a loved one dies by suicide, overwhelming emotions can leave you reeling. Your grief might be heart wrenching. At the same time, you might be consumed by guilt — wondering if you could have done something to prevent your loved one's death.

As you face life after a loved one's suicide, remember that you don't have to go through it alone.


Brace for powerful emotion

A loved one's suicide can trigger intense emotions. For example:


Shock.

isbelief and emotional numbness might set in. You might think that your loved one's suicide couldn't possibly be real. Anger. You might be angry with your loved one for abandoning you or leaving you with a legacy of grief — or angry with yourself or others for missing clues about suicidal intentions.Guilt. You might replay "what if" and "if only" scenarios in your mind, blaming yourself for your loved one's death.Despair. You might be gripped by sadness, loneliness or helplessness. You might have a physical collapse or even consider suicide yourself.Confusion. Many people try to make some sense out of the death, or try to understand why their loved one took his or her life. But, you'll likely always have some unanswered questions.Feelings of rejection. You might wonder why your relationship wasn't enough to keep your loved one from dying by suicide.


You might continue to experience intense reactions during the weeks and months after your loved one's suicide — including nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, social withdrawal and loss of interest in usual activities — especially if you witnessed or discovered the suicide.


In the aftermath of a loved one's suicide, you might feel like you can't go on or that you'll never enjoy life again.


In truth, you might always wonder why it happened — and reminders might trigger painful feelings even years later. Eventually, however, the raw intensity of your grief will fade. The tragedy of the suicide won't dominate your days and nights.


Understanding the complicated legacy of suicide and how to cope with palpable grief can help you find peace and healing, while still honoring the memory of your loved one.



If you or someone you know may thinking of suicide, please call or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.



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