All posts tagged: Grief and healing after suicide

Suicide, grief counseling, healing

Shattered Lives: Defining Suicide, Grief, and Healing

  Once again tragedy strikes in 2014 with the untimely and shocking suicide of Robin Williams following on the heels of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and designer L’Wren Scott. The news and social media feeds have been consumed with announcements, theories, well wishes, all which unsettle the emotional state of the public.  Suicide hotlines all over the country have had record number of calls, hopefully by those who see that making the call for help is the better available option. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, suicide rates far outnumber homicide, especially in middle age and elderly populations. What we know about suicide, and the stigma attached to depression, addiction, and mental illness, has been hidden behind closed doors, often relegated to the “family secret.” Shattered Lives Radio offers not only offers condolences to those left behind surviving in the aftermath, but solid information on how to effectively deal with the trauma. Host Donna R. Gore (“LadyJustice”) has frequently invited grief counselor Duane Bowers to the show to provide listeners with expert advice …

Shattered Lives: What Suicide Leaves Behind

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Unlike the theme song to M.A.S.H. suicide is painful, especially to those left behind feeling like they’ve been sucker punched and left with questions that take years of searching for answers, and finding none. The gaping hole in one’s life left by the suicide of a loved one is unique in that commonly there isn’t any warning, at least ones that are easily recognized. Survivors tend to re-live every moment of every day leading up to the event, and question themselves endlessly. Often professional help is needed to assist in moving away from the event itself, and to properly grieve and heal in a healthy manner. Understanding suicide is complex. In a recent article by Dr. Scott Bonn for Psychology Today,The Reality of Suicide: A Growing Epidemic he states, “Consider this: There are now more than two suicides for every murder in the U.S., and suicides also outnumber deaths in motor vehicle accidents. To put it in perspective, there are currently about 15,000 murders, 33,000 auto fatalities and 38,000 suicides in the U.S. …