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Grief and Loss, Suicide Loss Survivors

Grief is like carrying a rock in your pocket

“The best way I can describe grieving over a child as the years go by is to say it’s similar to carrying a stone in your pocket. When you walk, the stone brushes against your skin. You feel it. You always feel it. But depending on the way you stand or the way your body… Continue reading Grief is like carrying a rock in your pocket

Grief and Loss, Mental Health, Preventing Suicide, Special Occasions, Suicide Loss Survivors, Supporting a Suicide Loss Survivor

Healing through Service

Many survivors find meaning in their loss through service to others. That service can be as simple as attending a suicide survivor support group like ours to offer compassion and understanding to new survivors, or reaching out to call a new group member to let them know you are there and understand what they are… Continue reading Healing through Service

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Grief and Loss

Self-Care Makes us Stronger

We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. The advice is often cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It seems to say, ironically, that if you can’t take… Continue reading Self-Care Makes us Stronger

Grief and Loss, Mental Health, Suicide Loss Survivors, Supporting a Suicide Loss Survivor

The Stop Technique

At the expense of dating myself, there is a children's toy played with back in the day called “A Viewmaster.” You would place a round disc of small pictures on it into this plastic viewer, click a lever to advance the pictures around as you would view them. The Stop Technique will have you select one picture… Continue reading The Stop Technique

Survivors Guilt
Grief and Loss, Suicide Loss Survivors

Survivor’s Guilt

Guilt is the one negative emotion that seems to be universal to all survivors of suicide, and overcoming it is perhaps our greatest obstacle on the path to healing. Guilt is your worst enemy because it is a false accusation. You are not responsible for your loved one’s suicide in any way, shape, or form.… Continue reading Survivor’s Guilt

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Surviving through Writing — Guest Post by George Ochoa

Surviving through Writing by George Ochoa I am a writer, and so was my only child, Martha Corey-Ochoa, until she killed herself. It was the family business. My wife and I worked at home as freelance writers for most of Martha’s life. As soon as Martha learned to write, she began working alongside us in… Continue reading Surviving through Writing — Guest Post by George Ochoa