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Sharing Stories: How I Learned to Stop Fearing Attempt Survivors

It was about a year after my son Noah’s suicide, at a conference for survivors of suicide loss, when I first heard someone describe what led to their own suicide attempt. My hackles bristled so fiercely I couldn’t hear the details. I resisted being dragged inside that bleak and scary place, as if despair were [...]

By |2018-06-04T13:14:41+00:00January 19th, 2018|Loss Survivor, Stories|0 Comments

The Wound Is The Place Where The Light Enters You

On a chilly evening in late March of 2012, I walked into a room and sat down amongst a group of strangers. The only thing we had in common was we all had lost someone who died by suicide.

By |2017-08-09T09:48:41+00:00May 24th, 2017|Lived Experience, Loss Survivor, Stories|1 Comment

Ceiling in the Floor

When I was asked to speak at Brandon Toh’s memorial service, I had no idea of the journey it would take me on. The speech that I wrote ended up inspiring a full-length production called "Ceiling in the Floor, ” a theater/music/dance piece that tells the story of our friendship and features his incredible music. [...]

By |2017-05-01T14:34:09+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Loss Survivor, Stories, Surviving Suicide|1 Comment

Suicide From the Other Side

My flip phone says 3 missed calls 2 from home 1 from him I assume her phone died so she used his to call me and I quickly relive the night before up in the wee morning hours listening to her tears telling her it'll be okay get to yoga center yourself you only want to be with someone who [...]

By |2017-04-18T09:35:05+00:00April 18th, 2017|Loss Survivor, Stories, Understanding Suicide|12 Comments

Retrospect

Read Director Lisa Klein's recently published piece on Mental Health on The Mighty. Looking back at loss and lessons learned along the way, “How could he have done that to us? It was so selfish.” I wondered this as well, until I started talking with and listening to people with lived experience – people who [...]

By |2017-03-01T16:46:12+00:00March 1st, 2017|Lived Experience, Loss Survivor, Stories|0 Comments