markj, in regards to your experience, I don't want to presume.
But in some cases like yours, destroying or getting rid of what would otherwise be a reminder is best.
My Grandfather committed suicide with a revolver during the depression and so Mom never liked my Dad to have pistols in the house. She was ok with rifles and shotguns, but pistols she didn't like. Later on she got over that but my Dad gave her the time to get over it on her own.
Colt M1911, AR-15 | S&W Model 19, Model 27| SIG P238 | Berreta 85B Cheetah | Ruger Blackhawk .357MAG, Bearcat "Shopkeeper" .22LR| Remington Marine Magnum SP 12GA., Model 700 SPS .223