Suicide is so often a silent and unexpected ending to the life of a loved one. In the aftermath, there you are, the loved one, left to try to make sense of everything including your own feelings of guilt, bewilderment, and pain.
All grief is difficult, however, suicide grief often is even more difficult because it can be difficult to divulge that the death was self-inflicted, not knowing how others will respond, etc. Studies indicate that those who seek professional help through personal counseling or through group suicide survivor counseling are likely to find it to be a helpful part of their healing process.
Such professional assistance can help one better understand what the loved one may have been experiencing in his or her mind, may help resolve unfinished aspects of your relationship with the loved one and can help by providing understanding and coping skills for the feelings of grief you are experiencing.
If you, or someone you know, have been impacted by loss through suicide, reach out today. We stand ready to help you by connecting you with one of our counselors who will walk through the journey of grief recovery.