Explaining to a child or teenager that someone has died by suicide is one of the most difficult situations that a parent might ever face. It is a natural reaction with any death to want to hide away from the outside world, but with a death from suicide you are much more likely to have to deal with outsiders e.g. Gardaí, Coroner or media.
As the story of what has happened can quickly become public knowledge it is best to be open and honest from the start, difficult and all as that may seem. It is normal to want to protect our children and it is important to let them know they can trust you. It is important to be aware of the following: