The death of someone important can cause great grief and sadness whatever the cause of death. However, families bereaved through suicide also have to face additional pressures and pain. If you have been bereaved though suicide, you will probably go through the shock, deep sadness and occasional anger felt by people bereaved in other ways. At the same time, you may also have to cope with extra emotions such as guilt, shame and self-blame. You may find yourself plagued by thoughts of ‘what if’ and ‘if only’.
The feelings and emotions can be more painful and seem to last longer than with other causes of death. Because a death through suicide is one of the most painful and complicated types of bereavement families can experience, families are left asking many unanswerable questions.