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Surviving A Spouse's Suicide

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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.

Relationships with the Dead Have a Life of Their Own

In November, it will be 35 years since my father died by suicide. He is still with me as much as he ever was, and paradoxically, he is also more absent than ever. My emotional relationship with him has changed and evolved more during the time since he died than it did when he was alive, and I daresay that I understand him better than I understand any other human being I have ever known.

Twinkle of Hope

My son, Greg, age 13, died by suicide on September 19, 2005.

Thoughts Of Suicide in Grief

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