Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4817 Did I do something to make the person die? Is it my fault? You are not responsible for causing the suicide death of another, and a child is never responsible for the actions of a parent or sibling. Sometimes it may feel as if it was our fault, but it wasn’t. When someone dies by suicide, it is no one’s fault; it is often because the person was in so much pain they needed to stop the pain, and the only way they knew to stop it was to die. Did I not love him enough? Did she not love me? I know you loved your mom very much. Unfortunately, when someone is not well, love isn’t all that is needed. Just like love can’t make the flu go away, your mom needed treatment for what was making her hurt. Mommy loved you very much. Do you know that the day you were born was one of the happiest days of her life? Unfortunately, mommy had a lot of emotional pain in her life, and even though you were such a joy in her life, that pain was too much for her, and she couldn’t see another way to escape it except by ending her life. Why would they leave me? If your dad had been thinking clearly, he would never have wanted to leave you. Sometimes when people are feeling hopeless, they are only focused on ending the pain that they are in. He had a lot of pain in his life. It was not you that he wanted to leave behind, but the pain. What should I say to people who ask me how the person died? What you and your family decide to tell other people is very personal. Practice with your child or teen what they might say in response, and encourage a truthful, brief reply. If they want to answer the question, a possible response might be, “My dad died of suicide.” If the method is mentioned at all, it should be very brief, e.g., “He shot himself.” If your child doesn’t want to respond to the question in that moment, they can say, “I don’t want to talk about that right now.” Still, keep in mind your child’s peers may find out what happened regardless, especially with the presence of social media, and that they may ask questions. It’s