May 18, 2012
When my husband committed suicide, there was no one with whom I could share my innermost thoughts about the experience. How do you tell people about the complex feelings that are involved in coming to terms with such a death? People avert their eyes if you attempt to do so. They're uncomfortable discussing the issue. Yet how do you keep these horrible feelings inside without being damaged by them? The Alliance of Hope Suicide Survivor Forum allowed me to give and receive input from those going through the same experience. It was a relief to know I wasn't the only one who had these feelings. It was a relief to share some not-so-pretty thoughts and have them accepted and understood. Before joining the forum, I was really struggling. Once I joined the forum, I could feel myself healing almost immediately. It's hard to describe how the words on the forum washed over my mind like cool water. Within a few weeks, I could look back on my earlier posts and see how far I'd come, and I could offer some comfort and hope to newer members. I'm not the type of person who would ever visit a real-life support group or a psychiatrist, but I needed an outlet. I'm so thankful that this one existed, and I hope it continues to exist for others who are suffering in the aftermath of a loved one's suicide.
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