I attended my very first Survivor of Suicide Loss meeting last night. My son died on May 25, 2005 over six years ago and I have never been to a meeting and never spoke with a counselor, etc.
I was so proud of many of the people there last night, because many of them had lost a loved one within the past couple of months, or less than a year ago.
I shed tears last night, and we all shared our feelings, and honestly I thought I wasn’t going to speak at all last night. I really don’t like it when I am feeling weak. But I soon felt comfortable to speak up and it felt good.
My message to you today is this…..reach out for help if you need it. Don’t be like me and suffer alone….go be with others who are going through the same feelings as you. It really will help!
If you are interested in how you might find a meeting near you, go to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
It may be hard at first, but you will begin to feel comfortable as everyone starts to share. Really not sure why this helps so much, but I assure you it will! Oh, and if you don’t want to talk, you don’t have to. It may take you going a few times before you feel like sharing. Thats okay! It will still help you to be there.
Have a blessed day, and please share this information with everyone you know!
We never know who may be suffering silently!
Also, I am doing a Blog Talk Radio Show on Thanksgiving morning so we can all get together and remember our loved ones. The holidays are very tough! 😉
Here is the link: BlogTalkRadio.com/cliffsstory