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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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Free Tool Links to Resources for People Bereaved by Suicide

Expert information about grief after suicide -- plus links to nearly a hundred of the top resources for survivors of suicide loss and those who care for them -- are available from the Suicide Grief Support Quick Reference.

Joe Biden Talks About Grief, Depression and Hope

"There will be a time when the memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye"

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About the Author

On June 14th, 1999 my son Noah Thomas Emory Lord age 4 and a half died following complications of a tonsillectomy. That first day it was impossible to imagine taking my next breath much less taking the first steps on what was going to be a continuous walk through grief. On this journey I have cried an ocean of tears, screamed myself hoarse and felt pain so intense that it seemed unbearable. There are no magic words or process that take will take away the pain of grief. Calendars and clocks have no place in the grieving processes, what we all need are a set of tools that we can pick up and decide how and when to use them to re-build our lives. It was this realization that inspired The Grief Toolbox. The Grief Toolbox is both a resource and community for those who grieve and those who work to help them. With a desire to help the bereaved I have been involved with the New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire chapters of the Compassionate Friends, a national support group for bereaved parents. Currently I serve on the National Board of Directors of the Compassionate Friends. I have a passion to serve the bereaved and a desire to help the people who work with them. If you are interested in joining The Grief Toolbox community or to have me present or run motivational workshops please contact me at [email protected] Together we can bring hope to the bereaved.

Suicide: Dealing With Anger And Guilt

Losing someone is hard under any circumstances. Losing someone you love to suicide is perhaps the worse form of grief to experience. Not only do you have to deal with the reality of loss, you need to cope with the realization the loved one is the source of the pain. One of the biggest questions is how do you cope with this.


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Hope, Healing and Recovery After Suicide

September is Suicide Awareness Month, so I share my story to honour that. I lost my late husband Rob to suicide in Dec. 2000 over Christmas.

Dr Diana Sands-Helping Children Cope with Loss by Suicide

Dr Diana Sands, Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief in Sydney Australia talks about activities to help children cope with the death of a loved one by suicide. Association of Death Education and Counseling


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About the Author

Dr. Gloria Horsley is the Founder and President of the Board for the Open to Hope Foundation and is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Gloria co-hosts the syndicated internet radio show, “Open to Hope,” which is one of the top ranked radio shows on the Internet. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a member of the Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and media spokesperson.

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