Smile Through the Storms by Deb Maxwell

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Not sure how to start – everything is rushing to my mind at once. My story is no different than yours; though it is unique in every way. So this is it…. I put my son, David (he was 33 – never flown), on an airplane in mid-August 2013. He was moving to NC to live with his sister and … Read More

Uncovering the Mirror by Deborah Greene

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I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been working to be as fully present in the here & now as possible. It was a conscious choice to tuck the grief, the loss, the trauma of my dad’s suicide neatly into my back pocket.  I needed to turn away from it, at least for a while. In Judaism, when you are … Read More

Great Big Yes by Brandy Lidbeck

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Recently, I was interviewed by Sue Bidstup for the podcast over at “Great Big Yes.” We talked all about The Gift of Second, suicide, how the website came to be, why suicide grief is so unique, and how to reach out to someone who has just recently experienced the suicide of a loved one. We covered it all! Today, I would … Read More

One Year by Francine Turner

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March 1st 2016 started off as any other day, until the phone call came at 10:30 am. I can tell you exactly where I was and the impact of the words I was hearing. Never in a million years would I have thought my husband would take his life. My entire world fell apart that day. Almost one year and I … Read More

They Were the Life of the Party by Brandy Lidbeck

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My cousin, Chad, was a really funny guy. Hilarious, in fact. Every time we were together we would laugh the entire time. He would quote Saturday Night Live skits or throw baby carrots into my soda. He was so much fun. He died by suicide after he came home from Iraq. My mom was also very funny. The life of … Read More

Twenty Months Later by Deborah Greene

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Today marks 20 months since my father’s suicide. I suppose it is time to begin counting not by months, but rather “year.” One year and a half, one year and 8 months… That word… “year” is hard for me. It makes the time since his death loom larger than I am ready for. I remain fundamentally and forever altered. I’ve … Read More

How The Gift of Second Came to Be by Brandy Lidbeck

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I was recently asked by The Dialogue Projects, a website created to reduce the stigma of mental illness by opening the dialogue around it, to share how The Gift of Second came to be and how the site is helping to reduce the stigma around suicide for those directly impacted by it. It is an honor to share the story. … Read More

Dreams by Dianna Matzo

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…”and a little child will lead them.” Bible, Isaiah 11-6b A few days after my sister left this world via suicide, I had a dream like no other I had ever experienced. All of my senses were engaged. I could see our hometown as Amanda and I flew over it, side by side. I could smell the spring air, hear … Read More

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