I lost my beautiful nephew on November 26, 2008. He took his own life. He was 22 years old. He left behind: his infant son, wife, step-children, parents, brothers, aunts and uncles, many other family members and friends too numerous to mention--all who loved him dearly. All are struggling daily to understand this nightmare. I hope, my nephew is at peace now and watching over us all.
My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones. I am deeply sorry for your loss/losses. I know of this pain well. I've lost my only sister 6 years ago. Although, time has softened, somewhat, her unexpected and sad death, She remains in my thoughts daily.
For those who lost a loved one due to suicide, I sincerely, wish for you: peace with the many unanswered questions, sweet comfort in your cherished memories and the knowledge that you are not alone in your pain. I know about this loss, too. My heart breaks for each of you.
We are on the same journey. Take my hand. We can slowly walk this path together. Better days are ahead. I'm not sure where I am going. I just know together is always better than alone. Thank you.
Warm hugs, Laurie MacLean
"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair" -- Old Chinese Proverb
If you're going through hell, keep going. --Winston Churchill
Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you,
smashes down upon you with unimaginable force,
sweeps you up into its darkness,
where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces,
only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped...
Grief will make a new person out of you. --Stephanie Ericsson
Grief is a powerful, universal feeling, but it is survivable. --Kirsti A. Dyer, MD
Finding the end of your grief does not mean that you forget your beloved, or cease to love them. When you experience a tragic loss, it breaks your heart.
Can you mend your broken heart? Yes.
Does this mean that you are dishonoring your loved one? No.
Will you ever forget them? No.
Will they always have a place in your heart? Yes.
Grief is the price we pay for love.