The What Ifs?
Then follows the ‘what if’ questions. What if I had asked was he ok more, what if she tried to tell me and I didn’t hear, what if I called earlier, what if I didn’t leave her alone that day maybe she/he would still be alive.
The sad truth is that you can’t be with someone 24/7, it’s just not possible. This is the thing that families often struggle to come to terms with afterwards, the fact that they couldn’t prevent it. Added to this, the trauma of finding someone who has taken their life leaves a scar so deep it will never fully heal. The pain might become more bearable in time, but there will also be a deep hurt and sorrow for the family which will ricochet through to the whole community.