5. Understand that it's not your fault
Survivor's guilt can develop after the loss of a loved one to suicide. Such questions as "Why couldn't I stop it?" or "Should I have done more?" are natural reactions to this tragedy. People who are close to those who complete suicide are especially vulnerable to feeling survivor's guilt. If a loved one does complete suicide, talking about it and expressing your feelings allows you to properly go through the different stages of bereavement, and can help you navigate through this painful experience.
Robert Dicker, MD, is associate director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital and Cohen Children's Medical Center. Dr. Dicker is also an associate professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He specializes in the care and treatment of young people struggling with depression and suicide.