Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always challenging, but when that loss is the result of suicide, it introduces a unique layer of pain into the grieving process. This form of grief is known as suicide bereavement, and research indicates that it differs significantly from mourning more common causes of death.
Survivors grappling with suicide bereavement often find themselves contending with heightened shock and trauma due to the unexpected nature of the death. The struggle to find meaning in the aftermath of the tragedy is common.
Questions of "why" can linger, leaving survivors bewildered as they grapple with the perception that their relationship with the deceased was not enough to prevent such a devastating outcome.
When a loved one dies by suicide, there is an intensified need to seek an explanation and make sense of the death. Survivors may replay events leading up to the tragic moment, desperately searching for missed clues that might have foretold the suicidal intentions.
In some cases, survivors may feel the need to redirect blame onto family members, friends, or others they feel may have been responsible for the deceased. This blame-shifting can be a defence mechanism, providing a semblance of control over an uncontrollable situation.
Coping tools for suicide bereavement:
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