Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. Those bereaved by suicide will gather at hundreds of simultaneous healing conferences around the world to find ways to manage their Palette of Grief® on November 19, 2011. Those touched by this tragic loss have an option of attending a conference near their home or watch it online. They can even participate in a live chat immediately following the program.
In 2008, over 36,000 people in the United States killed themselves, leaving behind loved ones, like myself, to struggle with the sudden loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with “Why . . .?” I asked this same question when I was told my father killed himself while I was in the hospital awaiting the birth of my triplets.
As I grieve his death, I realize that we all deal with loss in our own way. Our Palette of Grief® includes various emotional, physical, behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual reactions. Often our palettes are filled with questions as to “Why?”our loved ones wanted to end their lives.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Suicide
- Why is it that suicidal thoughts, suicide planning, and suicide attempts is significantly higher among young adults aged 18–29 years than it was among adults aged 30 years or older?
- Why is the prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts significantly higher among females than it is among males?
- Why did over 8.3 million adults report having serious thoughts of suicide this past year?
- Why did more than 2.2 million adults report making suicide plans in the past year?
- Why did more than 1 million adults report attempting suicide in the past year?
Contact the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - YOU are not alone!
As researchers attempt to find the answers to these questions, those touched by this sudden loss can support each other at the healing conferences on November 19th. For more information contact the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org and share my book, But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping Children and Families After a Suicide, with those bereaved by suicide.