Lost Someone to Suicide

Women upset with head in hands
Common experiences with suicide bereavement

People bereaved by suicide often experience complicated bereavement. There can be many other feelings in addition to grief including shock, social isolation, anger and guilt. The often sudden and sometimes unexpected nature of the death can also be extremely traumatic for those who lived with or knew the person. In addition to the mix of...

People in a support group mourning the loss of someone by suicide
Looking after yourself after a bereavement

The loss of someone you know to suicide, marks the beginning of a very difficult mourning period, full of mixed emotions. It is common to experience shock, grief, anger, relief, guilt and feelings of abandonment or isolation. Although everyone’s reaction to grief is different, if you are experiencing these emotions, you might find our Common...

Talking grief: Man suffering from grief about to call Suicide Call Back Service
Who can I talk to?

Suicide bereavement can be an incredibly difficult experience, but is not something you have to go through alone. Talking grief and loss with family and friends will give you practical and emotional help, but sometimes it may be necessary to get some extra support from a health professional.   Talking Grief: How do I know...

Supporting Children: Child being held by his mother after a suicide
Supporting children bereaved by suicide

The idea of talking to children about suicide is daunting. This page is designed to give a helping hand to¬†parents or carers supporting children; providing advice and insight into how best to talk to, and support, a child bereaved by suicide.   Supporting Children: Common grief reactions after a suicide Children react to and express...

Supporting adolescents: Mother comforting her daughter bereaved by suicide
Supporting adolescents bereaved by suicide

Adolescence is a complex stage of life encompassing many changes and growth, both physically and psychologically. This is a time when young people begin to develop a sense of personal identity which involves questioning who they are, their values and their goals for the future. Supporting adolescents bereaved by suicide¬†can be particularly difficult.   Supporting...

Lawyer going through the legal considerations after a suicide
Legal considerations following a suicide

Deaths by suicide, like all sudden or unexpected deaths, are reported to the Coroner. The involvement of the Coroners Court may seem like an overwhelming process in what is already a devastating time. Some understanding of the coronial legal system and the support they can provide to families will assist you to manage the initial...