Aeon: When a Parent Dies by Suicide How Are the Children Told

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The Telling: When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and loss

A frayed leather wallet. A broken watch. Some coins. A ballpoint pen missing a screw. For 11-year-old Maddy Reid, this was all that remained of her soft-spoken accountant father … an assortment of 59-year-old George Reid’s meagre belongings emptied onto the kitchen table. ‘It’s gruesome, I know, but I think they still had his blood on them.’