EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A LOVED ONE'S SUICIDE



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A loved one’s suicide is a difficult wound to process. Survivors often turn inward, searching for how they could have prevented it, as if they had failed the loved one by missing the signs or not trying hard enough to help. Others try to understand what led to the suicide and if they had somehow contributed to it. The depth of this wound will depend on how well the character copes and the amount to which they bear responsibility in their own mind.

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Traumatic Events, Abandonment

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
physiological needs, safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're at fault because they should have seen the signs
If they'd been more available (or a better daughter, etc.), this wouldn't have happened
If the other person had really loved them, she wouldn’t have done this
They're incapable of true intimacy
They make life unbearable for others
They're good enough when life is easy, but when things get tough, people won’t turn to them

THE CHARACTER MAY FEAR:
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POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND RESULTS:
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POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAY RESULT:
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NEGATIVE TRAITS THAT MAY RESULT:
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TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT AGGRAVATE THIS WOUND:
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STEPS TOWARD HEALING:
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OPPORTUNITIES TO FACE OR OVERCOME THIS WOUND:
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