Ending the Stigma by Margaret H. Greenberg

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While I’m on a mission to help prevent suicide, I’m also on a mission to change how we talk about suicide. Want to know what you can do to help your friends, family, and colleagues who have lost a loved one to suicide? Stop saying he or she “committed suicide” and replace it with … Read More

Guilt After a Suicide by Brandy Lidbeck

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After a loved one’s suicide, survivors often feel an incredible amount of guilt for not preventing the suicide. The following excerpt is from The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide. Guilt Guilt is the belief we did not do enough to keep our loved ones here on Earth. Oftentimes, with guilt, we get stuck in ‘if/then’ thinking. … Read More

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust by Rusty Pratt

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Jenn, I took your ashes to Atlantic Beach last night. I fished until it got dark and the people thinned out and then I went to the truck and got your ashes. I took them under the pier for a little more privacy. I opened the box and pulled out the bag. I poured your ashes just inside the place … Read More

Wisdom from Other Survivors by Brandy Lidbeck

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A lot of times, in our journey after a suicide loss, we feel completely alone. We can often greatly benefit from the wisdom of others who have also experienced a suicide. The following is a chapter from the book, The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide. Sometimes the only thing helpful to a survivor is to hear from … Read More

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

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