What Specific Challenges Do Cleaners Face in Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide?

With all life’s most unpleasant, upsetting events, somebody must take the necessary steps to handle the scene calmly, methodically, and with careful consideration for the shocked and bereaved. This can be immensely traumatic, and many people do not realize that cleaning up the scene once any officials have made their investigations is the responsibility of the loved ones. This article examines some of the challenges of cleaning up a scene where a suicide has taken place. 


Blood and other bodily fluids represent a biohazard that can pose significant health risks and must be handled and disposed of carefully. It is possible to contract diseases like HIV and Hepatitis from contaminated biological material. Beyond the obvious signs, invisible hazards may remain present in the form of pathogens and other toxic materials and contaminants.

Safety Measures

Some non-negotiable aspects of any suicide cleanup include:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Biohazard bags
  • Broad spectrum disinfectants
  • Safe, effective decontamination of reusable equipment
  • Immediate medical attention following any exposure

Safe Disposal and Decontamination

Any company charged with cleaning up a scene of devastation must adhere to strict guidelines regarding the disposal of hazardous materials. Modern techniques and products are unrivaled at ensuring affected areas are left perfectly safe and de-contaminated, and any cleanup company must use every tool available to ensure complete safety and risk removal. 

Emotional Trauma 

Few things can be more distressing and emotionally devastating than suicide, as so many people stoically struggle through the hard times for fear of upsetting their loved ones and those around them. Engaging the services of trained professionals like those at Aftercare can help alleviate some of the burden by handling the unpleasant practicalities of the situation. We understand how crucial it is to be compassionate, tolerant, and respectful in these horrendous circumstances, and all our technicians are thoroughly trained in the appropriate behavior. 

The Importance of Supporting Mental Health

If you feel desperate and at a loss for where to turn or recognize these feelings in others, please remember that help is at hand. Mental health professionals may be able to help restore some balance to those affected and are trained to know what to do in a mental health crisis. The stigma of reaching out is thankfully being eroded as we address the horrendous numbers of people who feel they have reached the end of their tether. 

Final Thoughts

From sensitively navigating emotionally-charged scenes to ensuring biohazards are handled correctly, and the whole scene is decontaminated thoroughly, there are many challenges to face in the aftermath of any tragic suicide. That’s why the Aftercare team undergoes specific training to handle the physical aspects of cleaning up and the immense sensitivity, respect, and compassion required.

Contact Us

At Aftercare, our cleanup and remediation services include the following: 

  • 24/7 availability
  • Unwavering safety standards
  • Fast, efficient, and effective service
  • Transparent, affordable pricing
  • Discretion, respect, and compassion
  • Fully training and accreditation
  • State/federal regulation compliance 

Please contact us today to discuss our work and learn more about our comprehensive range of cleanup services. Our courteous staff will gladly give you all the guidance required. At Aftercare, we’re here to help you shine some light on even the darkest hours.