“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ― Matthew 6:34
It’s thoughtful of you to consider the aftermath of suicide. You are very kind-hearted. At the present time, there’s no firm foundation or universal guide to etiquette of suicide, but it might be the time to use your wit and wisdom to create one for yourself. When it comes to the suicide question, don’t waste your time looking for rules, decorum, three-step plans, or a tidy list of dos-and-don’ts. Instead, before attempting suicide, educate yourself with suicide grief guides to cushion the pain of suicide for your loved ones.
As stated in the suicide and bereavement response guidance[Archive], the Ovenstone criteria may also be applied when classifying suspected and attempted suicides and potential life-saving interventions. The criteria suggest that each of the following, on its own, may be treated as sufficient evidence of suspected suicide—unless there is positive evidence that the fatality was accidental or due to homicide:
- Direct evidence (which are not de rigueur for suicide)
- the presence of a suicide note
- a prior statement of suicidal intent
- the behavior demonstrates suicidal intent (e.g., selecting lethal means)
- Indirect evidence
- previous suicide attempts
- a marked emotional reaction to a recent stress situation
- failure to adapt to a more remote stress which may be characterized by depression or withdrawal, and may include resorting to alcohol or drugs (where no such behavior existed previously) or increased intake
Occasionally, the police may need to take your personal items away, but the items will be returned.
- Police officers and response staff will seize any note showing an intention to complete suicide as potential evidence, together with any available documents which contain sample copies of your handwriting for comparison.
- Police officers and response staff will recover any relevant communication evidence that may be held on mobile phones and other electronic devices for potential investigation (when reviewing this evidence on electronic devices, officers will consider using key word searches such as ‘suicide’, ‘hanging’, ‘knot’).
- When safe to do so, officers and staff will take anything which may have contained harmful matter, (e.g., medicines, paper wrappings, or labels and object which may have been used in administering any drug or poison) to the mortuary for the information of the pathologist. They should carefully preserve all drugs, sediment, or unconsumed substances.
The police may be the first[Archive] to inform the next of kin that the death has happened. As mentioned on a suicide grief guide[1|2|3|4|5|6|7] document, the police and coroner have to gather information about your death in the initial investigation. The police need to make sure that no-one else was involved in your death, so they will have to ask questions to explore how you were acting in the days and weeks before your suicide attempt. They may also ask questions whether you had any mental health problems.
When considering the requirement to keep and analyze data for preventing suicide, police data will be recorded, stored, and used to support public protection.
Viewing your body
The immediate next of kin but not the person who discovered and identified the body at the scene of the suicide will be asked to identify the body either in person or through photographs. They may choose not to identify the body themselves and ask someone else to do so.
Even if your body has already been identified, they have the right to view it and to request that the coroner or medical examiner give them time alone with you.
You can complete suicide at many locations, such as at home, in the hotel room, in the car, in the woods, at the bottom of tall buildings, and in open water. At the scene of the suicide, the police may limit the access to your body and to your home, if that’s where the suicide took place—until their initial investigation be completed. Usually, families prefer to visit where you died. Dying at home can make continuing to live there tough and reduces the resale value of the home. Visiting the suicide spot could be difficult, if it is unsafe to do so. If your suicide spot be a safe place outside the home, however, your loved ones can place flowers and messages at the place.