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International Survivors of Suicide Day

Careful Telling a Survivor Suicide Is 'Preventable'

Darah Zeledon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Suicide sucks. And all the propaganda about it being preventable, which it is, rubs salt in the wounds for us survivors who've lost a loved one.

Have You Lost Someone to Suicide? The Saturday Before Thanksgiving Is for You

Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D.

When something as tragic as suicide happens in your life, it's as if you now have a huge, heavy weight on your shoulders. Over time, the weight may not get lighter, but your shoulders get stronger.

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.

Healing My Family's Painful Legacy of Suicide

Anne DiNoto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anne DiNoto

On July 7, 1981 like a typical teenager, I was sun bathing at the local public pool, Highland Park in Endwell, New York when I heard my younger sister, Chris screaming, "Uncle Tony is dead!" I was fourteen at the time. I was startled and confused and tried to reassure her everything would be okay. I thought, "How can that be he is only thirty-three?"

Looking For Solace After My Wife's Suicide

Bill Zito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Zito

Carol Stiers-Zito was the center of the universe; at least she was to me. My wife's sudden and unexpected death left a devastating void in my life and the life of our daughter. The last seven years have been an obstacle course of grief, second guessing and self-doubt intertwined with a constant search to extract something positive or affirming from the tragedy

Uniting For Survivors Of Suicide Day

Laurenne Sala | Posted 01.20.2012 | Impact
Laurenne Sala

Saturday was the 13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day. "Survivors?" My friend asked. "That's the wrong word." But it isn't. Every...

Thoughts on Getting Through Thanksgiving After Suicide

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine A. Scheller

The association between my son's birthday and our most heartwarming holiday presents both challenges and opportunities for getting through what has become, for me, an emotionally-fraught month.