Although there has been a vast amount of research about suicide, very few studies focus on the inner world of the suicidal patient. A secondary analysis of two exemplar narrative interviews with Norwegian patients reveals a glimpse of the inner world of suicidal patients' longing for consolation. The results of a phenomenological hermeneutic study inspired by Ricoeur's philosophy reveal five themes and one main theme. The themes are: 'longing for closeness', 'desiring connectedness', 'struggling to open up inner dialogue', 'breaking into outer dialogue', and 'liberating inner and outer dialogue'. The main theme is 'struggling to become ready for consolation'. These results describe a process of becoming ready for consolation, which, when interpreted in the light of the model of consolation by Norberg et al., reveals that the end of the process of becomin ready for consolation is consolation itself as praxis.