Losing a loved one to suicide is a unique, tragic and raw experience.
Overarching the feelings of sadness may be intense feelings of guilt, pain, anger and regret.
There are many unanswered questions, from basic: How could they feel this was their only option? To existential: Why is life so unjust and so hard? How will I carry on? Some questions may ever remain unanswered.
If you feel lost and need help navigating this difficult time, you may feel more comfortable meeting with a counsellor who has been through this type of loss. As a mourner of someone lost to suicide, I know the depth of what it feels to be left behind in this way.
To book an appointment please click here.
If you are contemplating suicide:
When people choose suicide, the pain they so desperately want to leave them gets transferred in an explosion of suffering onto others around them. It is not uncommon to feel hopeless in the wake of what has happened. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please call the Distress Centre's 24 hour crisis line at 403-266-HELP (4357). If you or a person you know is at immediate risk of harming themselves call 9-1-1.
24 hour free counselling by phone
Suicide Bereavement Support with Calgary Mental Health Association
CMHA has several worthy services specifically for survivors of suicide.
They have individual counselling, a drop in group, and a 10 week program
called Life after Loss.