My name is Brandy Lidbeck. I am a marriage and family therapist in California and have experienced suicide firsthand in my family, twice! Most of my life I have avoided talking about the devastation surrounding those losses as it was both too personal and too painful. I have rarely found others that have experienced a suicide and have felt alone and unique because of it. This summer, though, my world opened up to a handful of people that have also experienced this same heartbreak and I discovered that a lot of us have the same thoughts, feeling, and emotions regarding suicide. From those conversations, this website was born.
My heart is to bring the feeling of community to others as they travel down this road as well. Hopefully The Gift of Second will be the beginning of healing for many.