Healing for parents who have a teen who committed suicide

Dealing with your child’s suicide can be a lot to handle, especially for younger parents. That being said, the past is set in stone and there’s no way to undo this.

What you can do, however, is to try and move on the best way you can. And here you have a few tips that might be able to help you with the entire process.

Have patience

Time heals everything, yet most people don’t really have patience to reach that point. They want the pain to stop. You do need to take your time and grieve, it will help you cope with the situation and after a while you will be able to move on. It takes work and effort to reach that point, but you can reach it and it’s indeed a possibility.

Professional counseling

Yes, counseling and therapy can be very good for you. The idea here is to find a professional, very good therapist that can offer the best possible assistance. A counselor or therapist will listen to you without judging and he/she will help you navigate through those stages of grief. Of course it will be tricky to do so at first, but if you do it right you will actually get some amazing results.

Enter a support group

Despite suffering such a loss, you have to realize that you’re not alone. And entering a support group will help you with that. It will make it easier for you to handle the situation and you will find it easier to grieve and get past this situation if you work closely with other people.

Be kind to yourself

Losing your child is heartbreaking, so you need to be kind to yourself. Understand your needs, take better care of yourself and eliminate all those challenges that might arise. Of course there will be tricky situations all the time. But if you’re committed to it you will enjoy it a lot.

Set some boundaries

Grieving is a very challenging process. Which is why you need to try and set boundaries the best way that you can. Of course there will be things you need to process on your own. But you need to try and get through that stuff yourself. Otherwise there will be challenges as you try to talk with others.

Understand that what happened is not your fault, and you really need to find a way to leave this thing behind. Your child found this to be the best course of action. Even if it’s definitely a bad choice, you have to respect it and move on. Pushing this even more might not make any difference, but you will end up pressuring yourself and that alone will never end well. Which is why you need to have patience and protect your mind against constant judgment. Move on by enjoying great memories and stay away from negativity. As long as you start doing that, things will be better and you can finally move on!