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I haven’t cried since my best friend killed himself. Am I a bad friend?

Question : My best friend killed himself a few weeks ago. He jumped from the terrace of his building because he didn’t want to study engineering but his parents were forcing him to. Since the day I found out I haven’t cried at all, even at the funeral. Of course I miss him, but there’s an empty feeling inside of me, and life sucks. I guess I’m numb. Am I a bad friend? Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your best friend.You can never be prepared for such a situation, and I can only imagine the guilt you are experiencing for feeling numb. Feeling empty, like you have nothing to offer, is something many people experience after they lose a loved one, although this can be hard to believe. It feels disturbing because you begin to question your emotional connection to the person who died – just like you are doing by asking if you are a bad friend.

Here are a couple of things to think about:

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