Coping with a Suicide

It’s never an easy thing to lose a loved one. When someone takes their own life, however, it can present its own set of challenges. 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.

Read more at Mayo Clinic

For Further Information:

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
This Lifeline is for people experiencing a crisis and is available 24/7 in the United States. If you need help for yourself, a friend, or family member, call or text 988 right away.

Lifeline Crisis Chat

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide
This is an excellent handbook that provides survivors with a guide to help them work through the shock, questions, and painful emotions following a suicide.  The author, who himself lost his wife to suicide, writes in a clear, informative, and empathetic style. [SOS Handbook]

When You’re Left Behind: Surviving the Aftermath of Suicide
This excellent booklet identifies the turbulent emotions and the agonizing questions that survivors face after a loved one’s suicide. It grapples with what it means to move on. And it offers help and hope for anyone who has been touched by this final act of despair. [ODB Ministries]

When Terrible Things Happen: What You May Experience
This helpful resource outlines many of the common reactions individuals may have during and immediately after a crisis.  Healthy and unhealthy coping responses are highlighted.  [Psychological First Aid]

How Can I Live With My Loss?
This booklet discusses the stages of grief that many people go through after a loss. [ODB Ministries]