Suicide Grief and Interventions
Losing a loved one can be the one of the most stressful experiences in life. It has been estimated that for every suicide at least six people experience intense grief. Grief is a natural response to the loss of loved one, but when someone has lost a loved one to suicide, they experience more than just grief.
When people are bereaved by suicide, they may experience intense feelings of rejection, a greater need to conceal the cause of death, more shame, and blaming and social stigmatization than other surviving groups. Furthermore, people who have discovered the body of someone who has died by suicide have often described this as a traumatic experience that cause flashbacks and intrusive thoughts.
Partners or spouses that have lost a loved one to suicide pose a risk factor for suicide. Therefore, they are especially in need of intervention aimed at reducing their grief, more so than those who have lost a loved one to natural causes. Even though studies have shown that the vast majority of people bereaved by suicide are in great need of professional support, only about half of them reach out for help to crisis teams, support groups, or mental health services.
If you, or someone you know has lost someone they love to suicide we encourage you to seek intervention to help with the grieving process. Below is a link that will show you multiple support groups in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.
Linde, K., Treml, J., Steinig, J., Nagl, M., & Kersting, A. (2017). Grief interventions for people bereaved by suicide: A systematic review. PLoS One, 12(6) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179496