Archive for June 6th, 2012

6/6/12  Update:  Wendy, I have not forgotten you… Please forgive me.  Being sick, I have not had the ability to sit down and really give your post the time it deserves.  Know that I have Friday off from my day job and will be working on this and posting as soon as I can.

Sorry, Jennifer

“Hi there, you have been a bright spot in my blogging life.  I think the work you are doing and what you share is extremely valuable.  Just this week I heard of a situation that is way beyond my ability to help — a mother’s 23 year old daughter [commited] suicide, even though she had been getting counseling help.

I just wondered if you had any posts dealing with suicide?  I searched but don’t think I found anything.

Perhaps this is something you can post about in the near future.  It would be really helpful.
Thank you so much and have a wonderful day, Wendy.”


Dear Wendy,

Your words touch me and honor me greatly.

You are correct.  I have not posted anything on suicide as of yet.

I added your comment here though because I hope that if people have needs to be met, like yours here, that they ask.  The worst that can happen is that a “no” can come as an answer… at best, two people connect on a heart, mind, and soul level and wisdom is shared.

I will definitely work on something for you and post it here.

Please know that this is not my area of speciality but I can talk about some practices and some things I do know.

What a loving heart you have to want to know more and that you have been so touched by this very sad loss.

I will be back from my retreat soon and will work on something when I can.

Until then, many blessings to you and to all those who have suffered or are suffering loss.

Metta, Jennifer

PS, for those of you who don’t know… this is a bit of “trivia” if you will.  One thing I have learned as a caregiver to the dying and bereft is that to say committed suicide, you frame things in a legal sense… like you commit a felony or robbery.  We often say that a person has suicided or has completed suicide when talking with families so that we are more aware of the distinction and we give honor to the totality of the experience.  I did not know this until I was researching and planning a suicide survivor group… thought I would pass that on to all…

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