Preview of Module 109
Another form of very difficult grief is when a loved one has committed suicide. This decision of suicide leaves a very unique and distinct void and grief that can become a guilt journey for the living. Ultimately there are no easy answers to the question of “Why.”
In this session we have with us Dr. Dennis Cox of Trinity Counseling Center, New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Cox professionally offers wisdom and insight in dealing with the griever of a loved one who committed suicide. Dr. Cox handles a difficult subject with grace and love.
Session 1 – What Happened and Why
Like the grieving process of a child, the suicide of an adult or youth seems to have absolutely no “easy answers.” The griever finds themselves on a journey of grief with intense emotional complications. There are seldom any reasonable answers and the griever consistently asks the question “Why.”
Nancy Patterson experienced the death of two husbands, the first as the result of a drunk driver and the second by suicide. She gives an articulate description of two different journeys of grief. Nancy’s clear reliance upon the grace of God is reflected by her thoughts on “God told me to just breathe in and breathe out.”
Session 2 – Suicide’s Quiet Walk
The enormity of understanding suicide will leave family and friends privately asking the questions of “why?” and “what could I have done?” There will be no easy answers. With suicide the griever will receive the comfort and encouragement of family and friends, but there may be an absence of open dialogue concerning the death.
Session 3—Picking Up life and Moving On
Just as with any unexpected death there will be an unfulfilled future. For the suicide griever, the death is heightened and more obvious because it is assumed the one who died chose to “close their future.” Suicide grievers are very prone to a very complicated journey of grief.