Lost Someone to Suicide

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...

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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...

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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...

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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┬áparents 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...

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Supporting adolescents bereaved by suicide

The experience of losing a family member or friend to suicide can be particularly difficult during teenage years. It is important to be aware of any cues that they are not coping, or signs of risky behaviour. While a young person may be yearning for independence, after a suicide they may also experience a conflicting need for support from those close to them.

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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...

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