By John H. Hewett
"For the person within the throes of responding to the....suicide of a family member, this e-book presents useful perception into the event. this sort of cognitive wisdom can truly alleviate pain by means of being a competent consultant in the course of the process".---The Theological Educator.
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I urge you to get help if you start feeling that way. You're not losing your mindyou're reacting to the blow of a terrible emotional injury, and you can be helped. A major concern during this depressed period will be your health. Don't be surprised if you don't feel well physically during this time. Other survivors report hundreds of physical symptoms that appeared in the weeks and months following the suicide. These begin during the stage of shock, with complaints like those about which you read above.
It promises a lifetime of mourning for those who succumb to its nostalgic temptations. Rabbi Earl Grollman makes some helpful suggestions about this tendency. He suggests that you resist the compulsion to create a memorial shrine by (1) giving away the clothes of the deceased and (2) rearranging the furniture of the bedroom, and perhaps even the entire house (Earl Grollman, Talking About Death. A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, p. , Beacon Press, 1976). Donate the clothes to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries, not to a neighbor, close friend, or other family member: you don't need to see the clothes being worn by someone you know.
What on earth does this suicide note mean? Fear can grip you with strong, unyielding clutches. It threatens to heighten your anxiety and emotionally disable you. You can begin to face it. You must meet "the enemy" face to face. You can confront this gnawing sense of panic by getting the facts straight about suicidefinding out the whats, hows, whys, and wherefores. You will put some of these questions to rest. Thus you will protect yourself against the avalanche of half-truths, cultural myths, and superstitions that rain down in the aftermath.
After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett