Following a death by suicide, many grief responses are significantly intensified and may be overwhelming.
You may be experiencing a range of difficult emotions such as shock, disbelief or even anger alongside many unanswered questions including ‘could I have done anything to prevent it?’ and ‘why did he/she do it?’
It is important to know that these types of emotions and thoughts are normal grief reactions and are very common amongst people bereaved by suicide. Grieving in response to a suicide requires a big adjustment to life and is different for everyone. It is a difficult process to adapt to the changes you must face in your life, your hopes, your thoughts, your future and your beliefs. Grief is a healthy part of the healing process not a sign of weakness. As the grieving process is worked through, the intensity of grief will lessen. At this stage it is important for you to understand your emotions.