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Most deaths that family and friends cope with are not traumatic deaths such as suicide. The grief reactions often are stronger and last longer when the death is unexpected or traumatic. Many grieving people have symptoms of acute stress. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. Healing from a traumatic loss can be a long, slow process.
Friends and family members often feel they could have prevented the death. Sometimes learning about common characteristics can help ease the feelings of guilt or blame.
Suicide victims often have:
When someone gets news of a sudden loss, the body responds physically and emotionally. Here are some reactions you may feel:
After a loved one's sudden death, you may feel physical and emotionally exhausted. Be careful to protect your own well-being:
After a loved one’s sudden death, you might feel like you can't go on or that you'll never enjoy life again. In truth, you might always wonder why it happened, and reminders might trigger painful feelings even years later.
Each of us grieves differently and it is important to have patience with yourself (and other family members) while you each walk through your grief journey. It is also important to remember that as you move on, you are not leaving your loved one behind. You will never leave the memory of them behind. With time and healing, your memories of your loved one will bring you comfort.
Call Grief Support Services at 218-786-4402 for more information regarding counseling and grief support groups for children, teens, and adults.