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Why is death by suicide difficult for survivors to manage?

WHAT IS LOSS?

Loss is a severing of an attachment to someone resulting in a changed relationship.

WHAT IS GRIEF?

Grief is a normal response to loss. It is a universal, human experience that may be experienced physically, behaviorally, socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Normal grief symptoms include a broad range of feelings and behaviors that are common after a loss.

WHAT IS BEREAVEMENT?

Bereavement is the total reaction to a loss, including the process of healing and recovery from the loss. It is the state of having suffered a loss.

WHY IS DEATH BY SUICIDE DIFFICULT FOR SURVIVORS TO MANAGE?

Suicide is an interpersonal act of “murder of oneself by oneself,” as someone once said. While the emotional pain experienced by the victim is ended when they take their life, it continues to live on in those left behind to grieve the loss.

Survivors of loss by suicide can sometimes experience difficult emotions that are unique to this type of loss. It can be common for survivors to feel confused, angry, or betrayed by the departed. Those left behind may harbor unresolved feelings of guilt, or self-doubt for not recognizing the signs. In addition, there may be stigma or shame in dealing with the aftermath of this type of loss.

COPING WITH LOSS BY SUICIDE.

The healing process may take time and understanding to work through. Reaching out and asking for help is a critical first step in the journey to heal.

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