Bereaved by suicide
Bereavement by suicide can impact us in different ways and may affect our physical and mental health. It is important to remember you are not alone and there is help available.
When someone dies by suicide, those left behind, the bereaved, often experience a very complicated form of grief caused by a combination of feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Grief is experienced and expressed in unique ways. Many of these reactions relate to the person no longer physically being there, however some may relate to the fact that the death was by suicide. It is important to be able to acknowledge all of these reactions openly and honestly in order to fully understand and process the loss.
When a loved one is lost to injury or illness, people generally come together to provide support. However, following suicide, friends and family or the wider community may not react or respond in the same manner, potentially leaving those bereaved feeling isolated or shamed.
Have you or someone you know lost someone to suicide?
Below are some reactions those bereaved by suicide may experience after their loss:
Suicide bereavement, like any loss, will take time to process and each person will cope in their own way. You might find some of these suggestions helpful:
It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available. Below are some places to go for information and support. If life is in danger, please call 000.