6/6/12 Update: Wendy, I have not forgotten you… Please forgive me. Being sick, I have not had the ability to sit down and really give your post the time it deserves. Know that I have Friday off from my day job and will be working on this and posting as soon as I can.
“Hi there, you have been a bright spot in my blogging life. I think the work you are doing and what you share is extremely valuable. Just this week I heard of a situation that is way beyond my ability to help — a mother’s 23 year old daughter [commited] suicide, even though she had been getting counseling help.
I just wondered if you had any posts dealing with suicide? I searched but don’t think I found anything.
Perhaps this is something you can post about in the near future. It would be really helpful.
Thank you so much and have a wonderful day, Wendy.”
Your words touch me and honor me greatly.
You are correct. I have not posted anything on suicide as of yet.
I added your comment here though because I hope that if people have needs to be met, like yours here, that they ask. The worst that can happen is that a “no” can come as an answer… at best, two people connect on a heart, mind, and soul level and wisdom is shared.
I will definitely work on something for you and post it here.
Please know that this is not my area of speciality but I can talk about some practices and some things I do know.
What a loving heart you have to want to know more and that you have been so touched by this very sad loss.
I will be back from my retreat soon and will work on something when I can.
Until then, many blessings to you and to all those who have suffered or are suffering loss.
PS, for those of you who don’t know… this is a bit of “trivia” if you will. One thing I have learned as a caregiver to the dying and bereft is that to say committed suicide, you frame things in a legal sense… like you commit a felony or robbery. We often say that a person has suicided or has completed suicide when talking with families so that we are more aware of the distinction and we give honor to the totality of the experience. I did not know this until I was researching and planning a suicide survivor group… thought I would pass that on to all…