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What are the Warning Signs Of Suicide?


According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20% and 50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.

Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include:
◾Always talking or thinking about death
◾Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating — that gets worse

What Does Grief Look Like When Someone’s Spouse Commits Suicide?


“At approximately 2:oo p.m. on November 2, 1993, my husband took his own life.”  Barb Pekich puts words to a hurt that few of us have known. Barb courageously shares her experience as a widow by highlighting the stages of grief that she navigated. Her initial response was one of guilt, pondering what she could have […]

How Do I Care For A Young Person Whose Parent Committed Suicide?


  There is no deeper sense of abandonment than the feelings provoked by a parent’s suicide.  It can be tempting to quickly respond to such pain with:  “It is not your fault. Your parent is in a better place. It’s ok because I love you.” When Barb’s husband committed suicide, she and her four children were crushed. In […]

A Keepsake


What is in your Bible?  A faded dry flower?  A note?  A special picture? Recently at Bible study, Dori gently removed an envelope from her Bible and said, “I think I finally have the courage to read this card to you.  I received this card seven years ago when my husband died, and its words have […]

Barb’s Story


Grief is a normal and natural process by which a person makes a healthy adjustment to any significant loss in his or her life. Any significant loss (the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a broken marriage, deterioration of health, a shattered dream) triggers the process. Most people experience some or all of the below emotional responses when they lose anything or anyone important in their lives. But first, read Barb’s story:

What Do You Say at the Funeral of a Person that Committed Suicide?


There are no words!  There are no words which will fix the situation or take away your friends devastating grief.  The most important thing you can do is to  be there.  Go to the visitation and the funeral.  Your presence is the most important gift you can give your friend.  Too often in difficult situations like […]

Caring For Someone Who Is Suicidal


If you spot the warning signs of suicide in someone you care about, you may wonder if it’s a good idea to say anything.  What if you’re wrong?  What if the person gets angry?  In such situations, it’s natural to feel uncomfortable or afraid. However, anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs […]