Contribution to a book about Suicide grief

BTS Book coverI’m starting the week off with something other than dementia, a topic dear to my heart.

Suicide grief is increasingly prevalent due to the rising rate of suicide, and I have been involved as a volunteer caring for people bereaved through suicide on and off for many years of my life, because of a number of personal experiences of this type of loss.

Were you bereaved by suicide before the age of 25?

Would you like to contribute to a second edition of this book?

A colleague and friend of mine is looking for bereaved people, who in their childhood or youth lost someone they were close to by suicide, to contribute to new chapters on children’s grief and the grief of young people.

If you are now 18 years or over and would like to find out more, please contact me here, and I will send you the flyer and other relevant information. And thanks to the internet, you do not necessarily have to live in Australia.

“After Suicide: Help for the bereaved”, was first published in 1995. Please also consider forwarding this to your networks.

ps. apologies for the lousy image, the background being my kitchen cupboard!!!

6 thoughts on “Contribution to a book about Suicide grief

  1. I worked for Lifeline for many years and agree with the comments so far. Prevention is acknowledging the signs before the event. This is not easy but many people recognise the little signs after the tragic event. There have been 3 suicides in my family, a grandmother, an uncle and a cousin. It is devastating for everyone.

  2. My grandfather committed suicide in front of my 32 year old mum (he jumped off the window) in the 1960`s and since my poor mum did not look for any professional help, I have myself suffered some of the consequences when I was a teenager and even on my twenties. My mum was always very scared of me having a terrible accident when going out with my friends. She was always fearing that something very bad suddenly happened to me whenever I left the flat (and that happened very often) and never supported me when travelling or going out with my friends. This fear separated the two of us for almost a decade…….

    • Dear Susana, thank you for sharing your pain with me. Suicide is such a tragedy, and the grief afterwards is one of the greatest chellenges I have ever faced. I after the fear, you were able to have a beautiful relationship. Hugs always …

  3. In the realm of mental disorder, i don’t believe anything is more devestating than suicide. When I use the pronoun we of I – please note there’s nothing understandible about this condition – this condtion when absolutely nothing else will ever be right again. Many pschiatrist are willing to admit, they just don’t know what to try next. This leaves little wiggleroom becuse you are constantly on guard when your soul mate, best frend, parent, clergy, friend, etc. might just need your lifesaving skills via CPR.

    • Yes, it is devastating… one of the grief experts, Kubler-Ross once said recovery from it is 10 years, or never! Thankfully I recovered at around the 10 year mark, although only realised it took this long in retrospection, and after some poor life decisions!!

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