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1 Lighting the Way An information resource to support people who are bereaved through suicide

2 Thanks to all those who gave their time and professional expertise in helping to develop this resource. Their openness, patience, care and positive suggestions have contributed richly to this resource. Special thanks to: Smart Research Group - Specialists in social and health research and training, HUMAN Counselling Service, Dr John Sheehan GP Blackpool Bridge Medical Centre and Citizens Information Services for their valued contribution to the project. Thanks also to the Shine a Light Suicide Awareness Group and Mayfield Action on Suicide for their tireless efforts at raising awareness of the issue of suicide in the community. Working Group Health Action Zone Project - This is a health initiative based on the northside of Cork City. Community Health Workers use a community development approach to health work. The Gardaí Síochána - National Police Force of Ireland LINC - Advocates for Lesbian and Bisexual women in Ireland Traveller Healthy Minds Project Aims to reduce the risk of suicide and to provide bereavement support in the Traveller Community in Cork City. Cork City Partnership - Local Development Company operating under the National Development Plan HSE Health Promotion Department - Working to promote health in Ireland Artwork Cover image from fused glass by Paul Collins. Images throughout have been taken from glasswork made specifically for this resource by Triona Gorman, Eileen O Leary & Paul Collins working with Niche Community Health Project Arts for Health Programme. Further details of this project on back inside page. This project received funding through the offices of HSE South, Operations Manager, Integrated Services Area, Cork.

3 Lighting the Way An information resource to support people who are bereaved through suicide

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9 What happens if a suicide note is left

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11 You can survive Deal with why Overwhelming feelings are normal You may feel anger Find help if you have suicidal thoughts

12 Tears are healing It was not your choice Expect setbacks Further Reading (available from local library p 67 - for full list see p 68)

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14 Types of supports most needed during and after bereavement. Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling, Medical Extra Support from services locally, grieving support in various ways, listening services etc Information and support from friends, family, neighbours and those known to the person.

15 Needed less frequently Needed sometimes Needed most often

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17 Why did it happen Will it get easier

18 What about medication, drugs and alcohol, do they help Should I tell people if it was suicide

19 What do I say when people ask me how many people are in the family Thanks to the HUMAN Counselling Service for contributing to this section based on their experience of dealing with those bereaved through suicide. See Community Supports section for more information on this local service. Shock Numbness

20 Disbelief Searching Anguish and pining

21 Physical and emotional stress The pain will go away faster if you ignore it. It s important to be be strong in the face of loss.. Being strong does not mean suffering in silence!

22 If you don t cry, it means you aren t sorry about the loss. Grief should last about a year.

23 Talking to your child about suicide Suggested activities to do with young children Recommended Reading (online and from your local library)

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25 How to manage a Facebook profile when someone dies How to memorialize a Facebook account

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