“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”
― José N. Harris
There are times when the world doesn’t seem to make sense. In the wake of a suicide is one of those times. If anyone has ever lost someone to suicide they understand that. However, what about when someone dies by suicide and we didn’t know them personally?
Why do we feel sad? Why do we hurt? Should we be sad? How should we feel? Why does their life, and the loss if it, affect us so greatly?
When someone in the public eye dies by suicide it can shake our world just as hard as if it were someone we talked to every day.
That’s OK. You are allowed to feel sadness. You are allowed to grieve. You are allowed to hurt.
Regardless of if it was an actor, artist, athlete, politician, designer, or anyone with a high profile status, we know them through their work. That creates a personal connection. At some point their work may have inspired us, and to lose that person is incredibly difficult.
In these moments of grief and sadness we encourage you to reach out for help or to talk about your loss. Again, you don’t need to know someone personally to miss them once they’re gone. However, if we don’t talk about the loss and try to process, (what may seem like the impossible) we create a harder strain on our own mental health.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support in the United States
Warning Signs of Suicide:
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
- History of trauma or abuse
- Talk of killing themselves
- Feeling hopeless
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolation from family and friends
- Family history of suicide
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
Remember: You matter, your feelings matter, and we hope if you’re struggling you reach out for help.
“You have a right to be you. It is a privilege for others to be around you.”
― Janna Cachola