Healing After A Loved One’s Suicide

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, August 26, 2022

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, but a loved one’s suicide adds another layer of complexity to the grieving process. Nutmeg State Cremation Society has seen firsthand how survivors of suicide loss must not only deal with painful emotions of loss but also with additional, more complex feelings like guilt, shame, and anger. When confronted with a question regarding their loss, they are uncomfortable dealing with the stigma associated with suicide.

How To Heal After A Loved One’s Suicide

Reducing the mental anguish that follows a suicide loss is possible by taking specific actions. If a loved one has taken their own life, here are some suggestions for moving forward with your healing.

  • · Having survivor's guilt can greatly slow down the healing process. When facing the pressure of this trauma, it's easy to become immersed in obsessive thoughts trying to tell you that you might have done this or even said that, but it's crucial to remember that intrusive thoughts aren't accurate. These ideas are only part of the picture. What happened to your family member was not your fault. Do yourself a favor and jot down some thoughts on paper. Send yourself texts to help you remember. Have a trusted friend keep you constantly reminded of this.
  • · You probably helped your loved one a lot while together. Write down all the ways in which you helped your family member or friend. Think about big and little ways you can help others. If you can shift your perspective to reflect on how you were supportive and helpful, you can free yourself from the burden of guilt.
  • · Even though there is no magic pill that will help you "get over" your loss, you will make it through this difficult time. You will come to realize that others have experienced similar levels of tragedy, and it is crucial to reach out to those you trust so that you can feel a sense of community in the wake of such a devastating loss.

Other Ways To Deal With Your Emotions After A Loved One’s Suicide

Remember that your reactions to the suicide of a loved one might also change over time, but they are normal. Never mind the expectations of how you "should" feel or behave. Healing takes time, and there is no single best way to deal with loss. Give attention to your needs.


Nutmeg State Cremation Society offers cremation services, and our team can help you with various aspects of a loved one’s suicide. Feel free to contact us today.

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