November 1, 2012
The forum provides the support to get through this difficult time because it provides the opportunity to connect with others experiencing similar situation. By being able to connect and communicate with other survivors I do not feel alone and I am and able to validate that the roller coaster of emotions, especially the guilt, is normal. This site is also a life line because since this experience is so difficult to bear at times, can have suicidal feeling; but by connecting with other survivors that share this suicidal feeling I am able to realize that this too is a normal feeling and that gives me the strength to hold on until the feeling passes away. Having a forum that connects survivors is criticsl because other people are unable to understand if they have never experienced suicide. If someone does not understand, then will be unable to support. People who have not experienced suicide expect survivors to be over the grief in too short a period of time. They do not understand that it takes much longer because we are not able to even begin to really grieve until after we get through all the other enotions and phases, such as, the guilt, wanting to know the answers to why, and replaying the what if/ would have/ should have games. Our minds are constantly being pulled into these unproductive games and until we reach a place where we are able to let go of all these questions, then our minds are unable to begin dealing with the real grief-the sense of loss. Other people do not understand and therefore place too much pressure on us to "get over it". By coming to this forum we are able to realize that nothing is wrong with us when we are not over it yet.
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