Cupcakes & Dread-Blocking by Jennifer Lane

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My brother’s birthday is smack in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This makes the holidays extra tricky.  I lost my little brother to suicide in 2010, and I’ve found holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries one of the hardest times of year to navigate emotionally.  These “big days” can be draining, and they can bring back those feelings of anger or … Read More

My Father by Denise Varga

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My Father (Dedicated to my Father Fred) You will always have a place in my heart You left me a long time ago It still hurts to think of you And the things of your life I don’t know I wasn’t enough to keep you here You made your mind up to go It must have been so lonely for … Read More

The World Is Not Better Off Without You by Melinda

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We wanted to get away. My fiancée Kyle’s family was embroiled in a mess. His parents had recently separated after having divorced and remarried one time already. Kyle was a bit of a pawn between his parents which was taking its toll on his state of mind. It felt good to be getting away. When we returned, his dad picked … Read More

Healing Plane Ride by Jennifer Lane

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It was Thursday, August 14th, 2014, and Barry, Shelley, Libby, and I boarded our first of three flights that would take us to Africa. That first flight was from Amarillo to Houston. We would have a small layover there before flying to Washington D. C. to stay the night. The next morning would be the long, long, long flight to … Read More

Anger and Forgiveness by Brandy Lidbeck

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In 2006 I booked a weekend alone at a resort on the beach in Santa Cruz, California. The entire purpose of the trip was to do something I had been working on for quite some time: forgive my mom. I had spent 15 years being incredibly angry with my mom and I realized my anger was only hurting myself, not … Read More

64 Tips for Coping with Grief During Holidays

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With Thanksgiving just two weeks away and Christmas around the corner, I wanted to focus on a season that typically is more difficult than other times of the year. I recently ran across a list compiled by What’s Your Grief on how to make it through the holidays after losing a loved one and wanted to share it with you here. A … Read More

Beauty From Ashes: by Heidi Redmond

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  Trevor was my first love, my first real boyfriend, the first one that loved me for me no matter my flaws, and I loved him with every part of my being. We started dating when I was 18 and he was 21, we had already known each other for 4 years and somehow it finally clicked that we were … Read More

The Gift of Second Needs YOU!

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  I am humbled by the incredible response The Gift of Second received this week. After only 4 days live on the internet, we have had more than 450 visitors! It is both tragic that this site needs to exist and, as I have heard from so MANY of you, such a blessing! So, let me say, welcome!   The … Read More

You Are Not Alone: by Alicia Vela

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Alicia shares her story and how she has found healing along the way after her uncle’s suicide. I was in 7th grade when it happened. I had come home from a school dance and the moment I walked in the door I knew there was something wrong. The air felt dense in every room. My dad called me into the living room and … Read More

Suicide Is Not His Legacy: by Lindsey Andrews

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Lindsey Andrews shares her story with us today and the importance of a legacy of a loved one not being marred by suicide. Telling your story is scary, overwhelming and tends to flood back the shame and the regret you felt during those specific points of your life. The scale and my driver’s license like to remind me that I’m … Read More

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