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Their Belongings

I can't bring myself to throw their belongings away (or look at photos)....what's wrong with me?

By Janet Schnell, MSW, Survivor, former Suicide Prevention Action Network USA board member

Nothing. I stand by the adage do nothing for a year. Suicide grief is so unique the year after holds many ups and downs. If you don't need to get rid of the belongs hold onto them until you are ready to decide.

Comments

12/07/2012 at 6:18 PM
Alissa
I absolutely agree. It took me a year and a half to even open the closet where things were stored. The pain does soften and eventually we are able to embrace those memories. Everyone heals differently, some faster than others. Don't rush it.
12/07/2012 at 5:50 PM
linda
My son Dustin passed from suicide 7 years ago. I STILL have some of his things. My other son loves his skater shirts and wears some of his things. I sleep in a few of his tee shirts.... do what feels right for YOU
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