How suicide affects people

This section is intended to help you understand more about common reactions to bereavement by suicide – physical and emotional – and how it can affect different people in the family and community.

We all respond differently to any sort of bereavement.  We are individuals who each had a unique relationship with the person who died.  There is no right or wrong way to feel.

When someone dies by suicide, it reaches out across the community like ripples on a pond.  Families and friends are devastated – and many more people are touched.  You do not have to have had a family or personal relationship – the loss of an acquaintance, colleague, client or even a stranger can affect you.