i have had to deal with several deaths in my life, as i'm sure we all have, but not any suicides as of yet. well, my grandfather probably tried to kill himself. he took an entire box of sleeping pills, like 20 or something, instead of the one he was supposed to take. he barely survived as he was already in hospital, then died a few months later. he was 84 years old and rather confused and he always denied he had any intent to kill himself so what do i know.
but anyway, that's not what this thread is about. i think whenever we lose someone, we should try to keep a memory of that person. a good memory, but also a somewhat realistic memory. i learned this when my dad passed; i had some time to prepare for that happening, not that i really managed to, but that meant i had some time to think about how i wanted to remember him. in cases of suicide we don't have that luxury, of course.
and the other thing we should do is try to learn from them. learn from our reaction to the news of their passing, learn from how others deal with it, learn from what lead the person to that point where they ended up dying, whether they took their own life or not.
again, my sincerest condolences.