The Gift of Second is for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is a place for anyone suffering from this tremendous loss to find hope, encouragement, understanding, and community. If you have experienced a suicide in your world, then you are in the right place. The Gift of Second was designed so people further along in their healing can encourage those just beginning. It is the gift of going second, behind others who have been where you stand today.

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Did You Know? by Dianna Matzo
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My sister Amanda… It’s been just over two years now. Did you know when you shot yourself that you would take the whole family with you in one way or another? Confidence in our perception of reality, hope for the future, peace in each day, and emotional and physical... Read More

The Blame Game by Brook Sanders
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My husband, Troy, took his life on May 12th 2015. In the 800 and some odd days since, I’ve learned a lot about grieving, parenting and being kinder to myself along the way. 1) Self-care is non-negotiable.                   The way I look at it, I’m the only captain of... Read More