By John H. Hewett
"For the person within the throes of responding to the....suicide of a friend, this booklet presents important perception into the event. this sort of cognitive wisdom can truly alleviate agony through being a competent consultant during the process".---The Theological Educator.
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These are wise words for your family as well. The conquering of the fear that comes with suicide, the fear of the unknown, begins with getting the facts straight. Nothing may be more frightening than ignorance in action, as my teacher once told me, but there is nothing more encouraging than knowledge putting fear to flight. Page 32 2 Coping with Acute Grief: What to Expect Grief is your response to a great loss in your life. When persons close to you die, you not only lose themyou also lose all the things they offered you in return.
These statistics indicate that millions of Americans alive today have on at least one occasion attempted to take their own lives. As many as 90,000100,000 persons probably complete suicide each year in this country. If we assume a realistic average of five family members for each suicidal death, then our nation includes 150,000500,000 suicide survivors involved in "postvention" at any one time. And those are only members of the immediate family! Clearly, Page 20 you are not alone in your unique grief situation.
Many do, especially after the third month or so, when they hit rock bottom. 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.
After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett