It can also affect practitioners who have not dealt with suicide bereavement, a fear of saying the wrong thing or of making things worse. And we do understand that of course. We want everyone to feel confident to talk openly about bereavement by suicide.
We do some training with professionals where conversations will go into these areas. Our book Beyond the Rough Rock is very helpful, we use that both with families and as part of our training with professionals.
We help in other ways too. Sometimes inquests can be very long, we do work through that with the family, checking in on what is happening, what the family is experiencing.
We have worked, as a team, with Enable Law who offer training around what happens in a coroners’ court. It certainly made us more confident as a team about legalities, recording deaths, and understanding from a coroner’s perspective.
Suzie is Head of Clinical Governance and Professional Development and Dan is a Senior Practitioner, spending most of his time working directly with families.