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Why should I take especially good care of myself after a suicide?

The intense emotional pain and turmoil that you feel after having lost someone by suicide can make it hard to function. It is very difficult to move on after a suicide. Healing can be a slow process. Do not try to rush yourself, but be patient and gentle with yourself.

If you have difficulty concentrating, become forgetful, or cannot focus; please know that you are undergoing very normal and stressful emotions and do not push yourself too hard. Try to get help with your daily affairs. The smallest of tasks may now seem overwhelming, so ask for help when you need it. If you work, take as much time off as you can.

Make sure that you eat a healthy diet and exercise. Doing those two things will help tremendously.

Engaging in some forms of relaxation can also be quite helpful. Do some things that you know will relax you. Take a bath. Go for a walk. Listen to some pleasant music. Read some relaxing manga or watch some anime/cartoons.

Whenever you can, do things that you enjoy. Allow yourself to start enjoying life again. Never feel guilty or bad if you catch yourself smiling, having a good time or simply enjoying life after your loss. It is not a betrayal to the memory of your loved one to begin the healing process.