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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:

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]

Common Reactions After a Crisis
This brief, but very helpful, document outlines many of the common physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral reactions people have to crisis and major stressors. In addition, it gives suggestions for coping skills that can be used during the immediate aftermath of a critical incident stress. [International Critical Incident Stress Foundation]

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