Michael was aged 29 when his friend took his own life. It was in 1994 when his friend died in a fume filled garage. At the time Michael took time off work and found most support by talking to his friends and by supporting others who were grieving.
In 1994 Michael was aged 29 when a close friend took his own life. His friend died in a fume filled garage, and was found by another friend a few days later. Michael went to see his friend’s body, which was at the local funeral parlour. Michael was invited to say a few words at his friend’s funeral. He did not go to the inquest.
Michael felt devastated by the loss of his friend. He often used to lie on his bed and cry and was unable to go to work. After a few weeks his GP suggested he should have some professional counselling. Michael did have counselling for about 6 weeks, but did not find this helpful. He found it much more helpful to talk to his friends and to comfort others who had been bereaved by his friend’s death. He took about 10 weeks off work, but his friend’s death still dominated his thoughts for a long time.
Now Michael still feels sad when he thinks of his friend or sees photographs of them both together. He sometimes talks about his friend’s suicide with others who knew them both, but it is not a regular topic of conversation.
Michael was interviewed in September 2007.