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Stages of grief when dealing with a suicude of a loved one ? my best friends husband commited suicide on 10/1/12. she's shutting me out per say.

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Dr. Steven Reidbord answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

The kübler-ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief, includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This applies to suicides as well as other types of loss. But people vary: these stages don't always happen, or happen in this order. Be available (but not intrusive) to your friend. Grief counseling may help if she's open to it.

Answered Apr 23, 2016

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

I'm sorry to hear about this loss for your friend and you. Losing a spouse through suicide is extremely painful -- even more than death by other causes. The "stages" of grief are attempts to describe a challenging process, rather than automatic linear progressions. Reactions can appear jumbled all together. In this case there may be shock, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, confusion, and more.

Answered May 7, 2016

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Shoch. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance.

Answered May 7, 2016

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