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to feel nothing but anger at sil **Trigger warning - distressing content - edited by MNHQ**

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Nicpem1982 Sun 05-Mar-17 10:02:28

My sil and I have never been close.

This week completely out of the blue she's taken her own life, she got herself into a mess with another man and felt it was her only way out.

She's left her dh and dd alone and confused and bil is now trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of his wife and dn is 4 and now has no mummy.

All I've felt since we were told is furious with her that she didn't put her dd first, I feel no sadness at the Passing of her is this unreasonable?

VeryBitchyRestingFace Sun 05-Mar-17 10:06:54

You can't control how you feel, especially when you've had a terrible shock (as I imagine you all have?)

Sadness may very well come later on, when the initial feelings of shock and anger have subsided.

GeillisTheWitch Sun 05-Mar-17 10:07:06

How sad that your SIL felt she had no other way out. You're probably still in shock at the news and still mentally processing it. It's natural to feel anger, but remember that SIL would have been in a place where she believed that her DH and DD would be better off without her, she didn't do it to hurt them.

Andro Sun 05-Mar-17 10:07:12

You are entitled to your own feelings, whatever they may be!

itsawonderfulworld Sun 05-Mar-17 10:11:35

I'm very sorry for what's happened to your family, but I've reported the thread as it needs a trigger warning in the title.

PumpkinPie2016 Sun 05-Mar-17 10:21:50

I think your feelings of anger are probably due to the terrible shock - sadness may well come later.

Your SIL though must have been in a bad place to feel that she had no other option.

Just ensure you are there for your BIL and neice - you can't do anything more tHan that.

DaphneDeLaFontaine Sun 05-Mar-17 10:24:42

God, yes needs a trigger warning.

How terribly sad for her family.

BhajiAllTheWay Sun 05-Mar-17 10:25:39

Horrible situation but normal to feel angry. Any rational person would indeed but their family first but she must have been in a terrible place mentally. It's hard to pick up the pieces afterwards for those left behind so whatever you are feeling is normal and okay.Be kind to yourself.

Chinnygirl Sun 05-Mar-17 10:28:52

I understand your feelings. I do think it might be wise not to tell any of your inlaws though and fake some sadness.

DearMrDilkington Sun 05-Mar-17 10:32:17

Thats terribly sadsad.
I think anger is a very normal reaction to suicide though, the sadness will probably hit you when you least expect

Herschellmum Sun 05-Mar-17 10:33:19

Sorry this happened, I think anger is part of grief.

Confused how it's your sil but also refer to her husband as your bil, were they like family but not actually? Or did I read it wrong?

I think suicide often leaves lots of mixed feelings and I think your feelings are very valid ... but so we're here and it's tragic she felt this was the only way out.

Not sure how recent it is, but it's ok to be angry as long as it doesn't take over your life, and that at some point your able to move past it. Hugs

haveacupoftea Sun 05-Mar-17 10:36:04

YANBU. Very normal to feel anger at family members who have died, especially in those circumstances. Take care flowers

originalbiglymavis Sun 05-Mar-17 10:36:12

Your poor niece and brother.

I'd be angry too - it's natural when you see the suffering left behind - but can you imagine what a dark place she must have been in to think that this was her only option? Anger isn't useful though - you need to be practical and strong now for your family.

tinydancer88 Sun 05-Mar-17 10:36:21

I think this is not an uncommon reaction - anger may be an 'easier' emotion to process at the moment. I would be prepared for grief to come later. I'm sorry for your family's loss.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sun 05-Mar-17 10:36:36

You sound pleasant.


I've been suicidal. You don't make a measured list of pros and cons. It doesn't work like that.

NavyandWhite Sun 05-Mar-17 10:38:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

originalbiglymavis Sun 05-Mar-17 10:39:01

He is probably angry too.

Megatherium Sun 05-Mar-17 10:41:35

Confused how it's your sil but also refer to her husband as your bil, were they like family but not actually?

Presumably SIL was the wife of OP's partner's brother.

NavyandWhite Sun 05-Mar-17 10:41:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Topuptheglass Sun 05-Mar-17 10:43:14

Herchellmum generally the man married to your sil is your brother-in-law. I know that's what I call my husband's sister's husband.

Happyandhungry Sun 05-Mar-17 10:43:56

Having been a Samaritan for years i can tell you that the way people react to suicide is totally different to any other type of death. You are entitled to feel as you do but please don't push your feeling onto others (not saying you will just friendly advice) as they may be reacting in a totally different way.

OvariesBeforeBrovaries Sun 05-Mar-17 10:47:44

I think anger is a natural reaction. It's one of the stages of grief, isn't it?

The sadness may hit later. YANBU to feel however you feel, grief is unpredictable. I agree with the others that it's best not to talk to anyone involved about this anger - if you're struggling, maybe a counsellor if you can access one?

Sorry for your family's loss flowers

Nicpem1982 Sun 05-Mar-17 10:48:26

It's my dhs brothers wife hence bil and sil

God knows what sil was going through I just can't imagine making that decision

My bil is a mess my feelings don't come into it when I'm talking with him we focus on him and Dn as anyone would. He'll never know how I feel he doesn't ever need to.

My tears are at the moment are for my bil dn and sil parents.

Bitofacow Sun 05-Mar-17 10:51:12

You are entitled to your own feelings. Expressing them on MN is entirely sensible. Sometimes there are things you can only say to people you don't know.

Good luckflowers

MrDacresEUSubsidy Sun 05-Mar-17 10:53:18

You're in shock. People react in different ways to grief and sudden loss - you may find that when the news sinks in you'll feel sadness and emptiness.

KingJoffrey sorry to hear you have had MH issues in the past. I have also had these and would say that OP's feelings are no less valid, than someone who is tearful and upset and responding to loss in a 'traditional' way. In a way I can understand why she's angry; angry that her SIL wouldn't be honest about her affair (presuming that this is what happened given the mention of an OM); angry that her SIL didn't take a moment to step back and think about the impact of her actions on her 4yo DD. Anger can be a protective measure - it's sometimes easier to be angry than it is to face the pain of grief.

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