Healing After A Loved One’s Suicide

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, February 18, 2022

When a loved one commits suicide, it can send you into a tailspin and greatly overwhelm you. Sorrow, frustration, rage, and denial may all come tumbling down on you at the same time, leaving you feeling uneasy and drained. You may feel a wave of regret sweep over you, leaving you questioning whether there was something you might have done to prevent your loved one's death.

The Healing Process

At Gallagher Funeral Home, we've observed that it's pretty standard for people to face the stigma associated with suicide as well. Many people find it hard to discuss suicide, so they may avoid reaching out to you entirely. In instances like these, you may feel abandoned entirely or lonely.

The assistance you expected from those close to you may not be present at all, mainly when you most needed it. Specific religions may also restrict the types of ceremonies offered to persons who have committed suicide. If you are committed to performing these rituals, you may experience a sense of deprivation since these skills, which could assist you in coping with your loss, are unavailable to you.

Things You Can Do

Dealing with the aftermath of a loved one's suicide is not easy, and you may feel mentally and psychologically drained. In such a case:

  • Seek comfort from a good friend, family member, or spiritual guide.
  • Spend time with people who know you and are likely to offer a sympathetic ear and shoulder.
  • Allow yourself time to recuperate. Understand that you are not required to conform to a specific rule for recovering at a certain rate.
  • Recognize when you require professional assistance, mainly if you are very unhappy or unable to deal with your sorrowful feelings.

For details about our funeral services, please call Gallagher Funeral Home at 318-640-1375. Our experienced and professional funeral director and staff members are proactive and provide you with all the required information to preplan your funeral service.

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