Surviving Suicide

Excerpt from “Surviving Suicide,” about the Christopher Benz Foundation, in Minnesota Women’s Press.

If you know a suicide survivor, her suggestion is that you reach out. Let them know you care, that you are sorry about their loss. Bring them food. Mow their lawn. Take them to coffee. Or, just be there, in silence. “We don’t expect anyone to fix it, because they can’t. It’s very powerful just to know that they are there.”

Her advice to other survivors is to be patient with yourself and with others. “Know that there is life again. It is through our living that we honor our loved ones.”

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