November 21, 2015, is International Survivors of Suicide Day. This day is when survivors of suicide can know that they are not alone. Coping with a death of a love one from suicide is different from any other death. Survivors are left with feelings of hurt, pain, angry, guilt and asking questions of why someone took their own life. These questions may never be answered. Suicide death can cause stigma and isolation in some families and cultures leaving it more challenging to communicate one’s feelings openly which impacts the grieving process. Survivors should surround themselves with supportive people that encourages them to express their feelings freely. Engaged in spiritual activities such as church or Bible study. Attend a local support group with others that have similar experiences. Identify personal coping skills such as deep breathing, journaling, praying, and/or reading. Most important is to practice self-care which includes exercising , walking, and eating balance meals. It is okay to have fun and attend social events with friends.
Dealing with the death of a love one is difficult. There are times when additional support from a mental health provide is needed, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for additional support.