by Catherine Greenleaf
Losing someone we love to suicide can be devastating. The combination of sudden loss, shame and stigma can make the process of grief look like a long and lonely road. But there are things we can do for ourselves that will develop and increase our resilience, and make that road a little easier to travel:
#1 – ASK FOR HELP
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. As school children, we were taught to aspire to a rugged individualism. We were urged to become independent. Yet no one taught us how to be vulnerable, how to ask for help, and how to receive that help.
In some families, asking for help is looked upon as a sign of weakness, or even outright cowardice. As the great poet, John Donne, once wrote: “No man is an island.” Know that asking for help is a sign of true strength…
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