The death of someone close to us is one of life’s most stressful events. When the death is from suicide, family and friends must cope with sadness at the loss plus all their feelings of confusion and sometimes even anger. It takes time to heal and each of us responds differently.
Grief After a Suicide is Complicated by Feelings of:
- Shock and disbelief
- Anger and helplessness
- Guilt and shame
- Depression and sadness
- Not knowing why the person committed suicide
We may need help to cope with the changes in our lives.
But in the end, coping effectively with bereavement is vital to our mental health. If someone close to you has just committed suicide, RDCVSU is here to provide support and information.
Please click to contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to obtain an official proof of death or a copy of the medical examiner's report or phone.
The following resources may help you or a grieving friend or relative understand that you are not alone in your struggle and that help is available for you during this this difficult time.
- After a Suicide : A Practical Guide for Survivors - Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
- Hope & Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide - Alberta Health Services
- Bereavement Support - Regional Suicide Prevention Council: East Central Alberta
- Suicide Information & Education Services
- Central Aberta Resources - Centre for Suicide Prevention