Only a parent that has experienced this mortifying catastrophe can understand the depth of the devastation that we, as survivors who have lost a child, must endure as we try to function in our life.
The suicide of a child of any age presents unique circumstances that intensify and prolong the mourning of parents.
Survivors of a child suicide need to be gently helped to accept that their child has chosen to end life because of deep emotional pain. While suicide has put an end to the emotional pain of a child, it is only the beginning of the pain that will be felt by the parents.
The Aftermath left behind by those who take their own life is mass destruction in a parent’s life; a life that has been turned upside down.
While nothing can mute the pain of such a life-shattering loss, others who know this experience can help those suffering articulate the chaos of their feelings.
Following a child's death by suicide, parents left behind face many emotional obstacles due to the complicated nature of this kind of loss. The sudden and horrific disposition, coupled with the guilt and blame stigma attached to suicide, compounds the enormity of such a loss. Unlike an expected death, the devastation of losing a child in this manner, can be so overwhelming that grieving parents are unable to cope with or move beyond the shock of their loss and can only survive from minute to minute and often in a perpetual state of denial.
Suicide does not get rid of pain;
it magnifies the pain and tranfers it to your parents
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- Coalition Of Parents Enduring Suicide