We understand you’re calling on us in the aftermath of a suicide

More importantly we will always treat in a way that demonstrates we understand the pain and difficulty that results from suicide. As part of any suicide scene cleaning, we’ll remove and decontaminate the blood, tissue and bodily fluids this trauma leaves behind. We’ll strictly adhere to OSHAs regulations and API Worksafe guidelines and only deploy EPA registered hospital grade cleansers and disinfectants. We always perform suicide clean services with both your environmental and your emotional needs in mind.

The hardest suicides we get called out to clean involve young people. There is so much potential yet left in their years, that the act of robbing themselves of that life is tragic beyond all compare.

One such call we took came from the distraught mother of a young man who had chosen to permanent solve the problems and stress he was facing. I like to know before we head out to any scene if we will be dealing with family members of the deceased… It takes a more gentle approach than if we were working with an insurance company representative and I have to prepare myself for not only a mess of blood and brains, but also emotion.

As we drove to the Delaware home, I read over the report looking for clues to the events that must’ve led a 19 year old son and student to feel he had no that alternative. It appeared as though the young man had recently completed his first year at a local University and by all accounts had thrived in the energetic environment.

But his mother told us that something in her son, perhaps related to a bad breakup, had changed and after a psychotic episode, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It wasn’t taken well by John Doe, and he quickly fell into a deep depression.

Pulling up to the home, situated on a pleasant, working class road, it showed no sign of the grim task that awaited us within. They rarely do. Pictures of a young boy, at various ages, hung on the walls of the hallway we were led down as we walked to the back room where the incident occurred. Inside the bedroom, evidence of a life cut short sat everywhere: a pair of worn sneakers, a pile of laundry, school papers and a notebook full of writings.

The young man had apparently ended his life using his father’s small caliber pistol, next to his bed, and a large pool of coagulated blood had soaked through the carpet into the plywood below. A piece of paper sat in the blood, drenched. I thought it was a suicide node but on further inspection it turned out to be a list of songs. Was this some sort of play list? Had he intended for there to be a critic message in the songs? Or was this just some symptom of his psychotic mindset? I’ll never know.

Scenes like this should not be remediated by family members

They have already lived through the tragedy of the loss of a loved one. Not only would cleanup by anyone but professionals like those at ABT be hazardous to your health because of the inherit dangers associated with the decontamination of blood or other bodily fluids, but it can also be very traumatic to witness the aftermath of suicide or murder. We know it can all be overwhelming, but we will walk you through the process and work with your insurance company directly. We are EPA and OSHA certified and guarantee to not only restore your property but restore your life.

At the end of the day, we had put back the pieces the best we could. No evidence remained behind that anything untoward had occurred. I couldn’t offer the grieving mother an explanation as to why her son had done it, but I could offer her a blank canvas to start rebuilding her tattered life. Sometimes that consolation is all I’m left with.

If you need scene clean-up and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at:800-295-1684

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Ted Pelot Owner & President of Crime Scene Cleanup Company - Advanced Bio-Treatment