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Identification. Survivors often unconsciously mimic the lost family member, adopting his mannerisms or tone of voice. This isn't particularly unusual: we usually pick up similar habits and peculiarities from many people who are close to us. However, it can be destructive if it turns into a rigid denial of the death. I happen to think this can be a helpful Page 44 way of keeping in touch with cherished memories, as long as you don't overdo it and get stuck here. Think of it as a way to "Incarnate" the things about the deceased that are precious to you.
A major concern during this depressed period will be your health. Don't be surprised if you don't feel well physically during this time. Other survivors report hundreds of physical symptoms that appeared in the weeks and months following the suicide. These begin during the stage of shock, with complaints like those about which you read above. Survivors complain about things like nervousness and fatigue, general tiredness, breaking out in rashes and hives, distorted vision, upset stomachs and spastic colons; even the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis appear in the aftershock of suicide.
Fourth, our country contains a huge class of persons who knowingly hasten or cause their own deaths through chronic alcohol or drug abuse, unnecessary risk-taking, and even the initiation of their own murders. Death certificates would not list any of these as suicidal deaths, but often they are clear cases of willful self-destruction. The latest reports of the United States Public Health Service on "officially" designated suicides indicate that 28,00030,000 Americans purposely take their lives each year.
After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett