Losing a loved one to suicide is an intricately complex loss. Those left behind may feel deep confusion and distress about how and why the suicide took place. Some are prone to feelings of guilt, and to wishes or regrets about how the death might have been prevented. They might also feel deep rage at their loved one. It is not uncommon for those left behind to be traumatized by a death by suicide. Some believe that suicide might be the most difficult loss of all.
Those who discover the bodies of loved ones who have died by suicide or who witness the death in some way may experience a range of trauma symptoms.
An additional difficulty for suicide survivors is a stigma regarding suicide, which is unfortunately common in our society. This may prevent the mourner from feeling supported or understood, and foster isolation.
There are a variety of resources for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and accessing support can be extremely important and helpful. Please refer to the Resources Page if you are in need of support, and feel free to post questions or comments here as well.