How friends can help

Bereaved people go through many intense emotions, and grief can be overwhelming. Your bereaved friend may cry, shout, be angry, anxious, irritable or bad tempered or, alternatively, be silent and withdrawn. Be patient and understanding and allow them to express their grief in their own way. They may feel ashamed and isolated because of the social stigma that sometimes surrounds suicide. You can help by being there and letting them know that you won’t abandon them. Ask your friend what you could do to help. 

Make contact as soon as you hear of the death, but telephone first as some people might not want visitors straight away. If so, you could send a card or flowers and telephone again in a few days’ time, as it’s important that the family know that you care.