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Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

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Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

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341 pages
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Aug 1, 2009
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9781617221217
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For anyone who has experienced the suicide of a loved one, coworker, neighbor, or acquaintance and is seeking information about coping with such a profound loss, this compassionate guide explores the unique responses inherent to their grief. Using the metaphor of the wilderness, the book introduces 10 touchstones to assist the survivor in this naturally complicated and particularly painful journey. The touchstones include opening to the presence of loss, embracing the uniqueness of grief, understanding the six needs of mourning, reaching out for help, and seeking reconciliation over resolution. Learning to identify and rely on each of these touchstones will bring about hope and healing.
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 1, 2009
ISBN:
9781617221217
Format:
Book

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Understanding Your Suicide Grief - Alan D Wolfelt

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Touchstone One

Open to the Presence of Your Loss

In every heart there is an inner room, where we can hold our greatest treasures and our deepest pain.

Marianne Williamson

Someone you love has completed suicide. In your heart, you have come to know your deepest pain. To be bereaved literally means to be torn apart. You have a broken heart and your life has been turned upside down.

From my own experience with the death of a close friend to suicide, as well as my experience of supporting hundreds of survivors over the years, I have learned that we cannot go around the pain that is the wilderness of grief. Instead, we must journey all through it, sometimes shuffling along the less strenuous side paths, sometimes plowing directly into the center.

While it is instinctive to want to run as far away as possible from the overwhelming pain that comes with this loss, you have probably already discovered that even if you try to hide, deny, or self-treat your pain, it is still within you, demanding your attention. In acknowledging the inevitability of the pain and raw suffering that comes with this grief, in coming to understand the need to gently embrace the pain, you in effect honor the pain. What? you naturally protest. Honor the pain? As strange as it may sound, your pain is the key that opens your heart and ushers you on your way to eventual

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