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About This Blog: Surviving Suicide Loss

This is a space for those of us who have lost loved ones to suicide.  When I created this blog, I wasn't sure where it might lead, but a number of conversations, emails, and other encounters over the past few weeks have led to me a sense that it might be time for me to host a place for conversations among suicide survivors (defined as those who has survived the suicide of a loved one). We'll see how it goes.

I am a wife of 38 years, a mother of three, a newly-ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a spiritual director.  That means that I spend most of my time following the activities of a computer architect husband, a law student son, and a daughter who's just completed grad school and works in community development; pastoring a small, rural church; and meeting with people who seek companionship in deepening their spiritual lives.  Our family lost a 24-year-old twin son to suicide three and one-half years ago, and so now I also do some writing, speaking, and advocacy work on parental bereavement and on suicide prevention.

If you have somehow found your way to this place, I am deeply sorry for your loss, and hope that you will find here a place in which to sit still as we reflect upon the past and move toward the future.

 And, if you're interested, I usually blog at Metanoia ~ about all sorts of things.


  1. Hi Robin.

    I think this blog is a great idea. I hope it catches on and can serve to help people as they walk through their grief, and their very unique pain, after losing a loved one to suicide.
    I lost my mother just more than a year ago. She hung herself after living with severe depression for at least half of her life. No doctor was ever able to help her, and maybe she wasn't able to get the right kind of help. After all of this, I feel like she finally helped herself; finally healed herself from a lifetime of hidden stories and pain.

    Anyway, I wish you well in this blog idea. Thanks for doing it.

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