Finding out that a family member, friend, or other loved one has taken their own life is devastating. While the news of a loved one’s suicide is traumatizing enough on its own, trying to figure out what to do afterward can feel like additional trauma on top of that. No one wants to spend time trying to think about the practical tasks they should be taking care of when they are still trying to wrap their head around losing someone to suicide. Hopefully, you never find yourself in this situation. However, if you are already dealing with the aftermath and cleanup of someone’s suicide, the following steps are a good place to start dealing with the crisis and begin healing.
1. Call The Police And Stay Away From The Scene
If you are the person to discover the dead body of your loved one after suicide, begin by calling the police. Stay away from the area of death. Once the police arrive, they will cordon off the area and investigate the death.
Dealing with the police may not be what you wish to do so soon after your loved one’s suicide, but legally, you are obligated to call them. While suicide itself is not illegal, the police always need to rule out foul play, even if you are reasonably sure that no foul play was involved.
2. Call Someone To Be With You
Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide is a huge burden, especially if you try to deal with it alone. Because of that, the best thing you can do when dealing with a devastating loss like losing someone to suicide is to surround yourself with other loved ones. Call someone to be with you after you call the police. Together, you can mourn the person you lost. They can also help you take care of some necessary practical things, so you don’t have to do them alone.
3. Notify The Friends, Family, And Employer Of The Person You Lost To Suicide
If other people do not know about your loved one’s suicide, you need to contact the people close to you. This may seem overwhelming, so consider calling a few people to tell them about your friend’s death and then asking them to spread the word to others.
4. Get Professional Suicide Cleanup Help
Cleaning up the suicide of someone you knew and loved is brutal and the last thing you want to deal with while grieving. Also, since blood and other body tissue are considered biohazards, it isn’t safe for untrained people to handle. Fortunately, there are cleaning teams who specialize in suicide cleanup that you can call to take care of it for you. Contact your local cleanup services for help.
5. Seek Mental Health Help While You Grieve
Grieving a friend or family member who committed suicide is a slow process. Consider seeing a therapist or joining a grief group while you go through this difficult time. You don’t have to deal with this alone.
If you live in Marietta, GA, call the experts at Georgia Clean Trauma Services. They arrive in unmarked vans and uniforms without logos. Then they do the suicide cleanup sensitively and confidentially.