Surviving a Suicide
Overcoming a Suicide:
- Allow yourself time to grieve. Don’t deny the pain.
- Attending the funeral can be helpful in allowing you to accept the death and begin the process of saying goodbye.
- Be aware of your body’s reactions. Psychosomatic problems may emerge.
- Do not isolate yourself from family, friends, or other support networks.
- Do take time and space for private mourning.
- Recognize that feeling disoriented and disorganized is a normal process of grief.
- Be aware of guilt feelings that are almost always present after a suicide. (Things such as “I should have known” or “I should have been able
to stop them.”)
- Don’t use drugs and alcohol to avoid the pain.
- Becoming depressed is not unusual after a suicide. Sometimes survivors of suicide begin to think of suicide themselves. If this occurs, ask
for and accept help for yourself.
- It’s OK to reach out to others to give them support, but don’t use this to avoid your own feelings.
- Seek out support if you begin to have sleeplessness and/or nightmares.
- Talk out your feelings and thoughts.
- Accept support when someone reaches out to you.
New Dimensions Can Help!
If you or someone you know is struggling to overcome a suicide, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.
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