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Bereaved By Suicide

Picture of a wrinkled elderly hand

The impact on those left behind after suicide is far-reaching and profound

 and people experiencing bereavement by suicide are often

 under supported and are themselves at higher risk of suicide.

Taboo and stigma still surround suicide, this can stop those bereaved from seeking

support or if they do try to seek help not always finding a suitable service.

If you have been bereaved by suicide you may well be struggling to deal

 with a number of different things such as:

  • Understanding symptoms such as panic attacks
  • The grieving process
  • Guilt: ‘Could I have done something?’
  • Guilt about moving on with own life
  • Isolation of feelings / loneliness
  • Unanswered questions

It is important to have an environment where you can talk openly

and without judgement about your loss through suicide.

You may well want to understand the grieving process

and whether what you are experiencing is normal.

When you lose someone to suicide it can bring a whole range of complex and

conflicting emotions and this can feel be frightening and lonely place.

There is support available and you do not need to feel isolated

with these thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Please get in contact to see if counselling is something you would like to engage with.

Below is a film that I was heavily involved in the making. In this film local people

talk about their personal experience of losing someone they love to suicide

and how they cope with this.

Please note the participants are very honest about their experiences and some viewers may find this upsetting.

Still in Our Hearts Participant Quotes:

‘I enjoyed the filming…  getting across the whole story’

‘Hopefully it’ll do some good…  even if it helps one person…’

‘it’s not a bad thing to ask for help’

‘It was a big weight lifted off me…  I’d never done anything like that before…

helped me get it out…  I felt much better after it’

‘I lost a lot of the anger through coming to the group…  life’s too short to hold on to it…’