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Letter to the Editor: Join suicide survivors

— Survivors event

To the editor:

As another year draws to a close, and we prepare for colder days, longer nights and the holidays to come, you never know how many more years you may have with loved ones. Losing a friend, family member, or co-worker suddenly, unexpectedly dramatically alters your world. When the death is by suicide, survivors of such a loss too often find themselves haunted by silence and stigma for months and years to come.

For many of us survivors, time passes, yet it doesn’t get better, it just becomes different. And we each face the ongoing grief in our own ways.

In this past weekend’s Parade Magazine (in the Sunday, Nov. 3, Oregonian) was a personal essay, “Lessons of Loss,” by Food Network star, Melissa d’Arabian, reflecting on what she learned from her mother’s suicide. It refers to the upcoming International Survivors of Suicide Day, held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

You will have the opportunity to view this year’s program produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) locally on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:30 to 12:00 pm at the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s Board Room.

Thousands of survivors of suicide loss will gather together around the world on this day for mutual support & practical guidance on coping with grief. Come and share your story or just come and observe the featured 2013 broadcast program.

For more info, contact Belinda Ballah at the Hood River Commission on Children & Families, 541.387.6890.

Susan Gabay

Mosier


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