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Aftermath of Suicide

The suicidal death of a family member, close friend, classmate, or student has a powerful and upsetting impact on us. Many of us are left feeling confused, shaken, and vulnerable. It is difficult to imagine how someone could come to feel that death is the only alternative to living with extreme emotional or physical pain. Suicidal feelings are difficult to understand unless you have suffered from them. They can leave an individual with overwhelming feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

The aftermath of suicide can be anguishing for many of us. We can often end up with a jumble of emotions which can include sadness, helplessness, guilt, and even anger. Frequently, we find ourselves wondering whether these feelings are "normal", or acceptable. Sometimes it can be helpful to have something concrete at hand to provide us with a reference about what to expect in this process. In response to this, the following summary outlines some of these typical reactions and ways to cope with this loss.

It is important to recognize that we all deal with grief and loss in different ways, and at an individualized pace. There is no one "right" way to respond. It can be very helpful during this time to reach out to others in whatever ways feel comfortable. This might include connecting with friends and family, or perhaps trained professionals. We at the Counseling & Testing Center want you to know that we will be available to help people heal through this process in any way that we can. Please don't hesitate to contact us.