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It's the Shame

I love talking about my son David. He died in 2009 on the football practice field at the age of 10.

To Casey From Dad On Her First "Angel-Versary" January 2009

Dear Casey – Today I flipped the page on your angel-versary calendar from one to two. People say it gets better with time. It doesn’t. This year was harder than last because I feel you slipping that much further away. I feel like all I can do is lie in bed and stare at the wall. I move very slowly. I have to work harder to cement your memory into my brain.

I WILL ROAM

I cry myself to sleep

Behind closed doors I weep

But I make it day by day

God you have showed me the way

I feel the pain, hurt & sorrow

Because of You, I live for tomorrow

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Surviving A Spouse's Suicide

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trying to survive losses

I don't know why I was surprised when I received the call at 4:08am on May 11, 2012 that my mom had passed. After all, she had lung cancer, terrible bout of COPD, she battled mental illness, addictions to cigarettes, painkillers and xanax and lost at the age of 64.

Advice on "Open To Hope Radio" Interview: Give Yourself Time

The following is from a transcript of the Open to Hope Radio program on Aug. 22, 2013, featuring an interview by OTH hosts Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr.

Anger Is Healed Incrementally

I was talking to a fellow survivor of suicide loss the other day about the intense anger we both felt after our loved ones died (her husband killed himself many years ago), and I was reminded of how raw my rage was -- at my father, at his doctors, at the hospital staff where he died, sometimes at everyone and everything.

My Angel Angela

She had broken wings.
I do not know how they first got broke.
The wings of a sweet little angel.
I met earlier than expected.
She tried to fly on her own but could not.
She needed help.
Love could not mend her.
My love did not break through.
It took a stronger love to rescue her.
From herself.

Volition Is Unique Factor in Suicide Grief

Grief after a suicide has a great deal in common with grief after any death, regardless of how the person dies, but suicide bereavement is also unique.

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