The loss of a Loved One

For Suicide Survivors

You've lost a friend or loved one through suicide and you feel guilty.

Remember, none of us are God. We cannot control another human being's behavior and though we may have missed the "signs," we are not to blame. We did the best we could.

There are many of us who did see the "signs," yet were unable to save another human being. We are all limited in our ability to control another person's behavior and decisions. We can only be responsible for ourselves. This is a feeling of powerlessness that we must accept.

It is common for survivors of suicide to carry guilt. We say to ourselves "What if I....," Had I have...,"If only..., and the list goes on. These feelings of guilt are normal for us to feel, but these feelings are not true.


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