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Learning the Language of Suicide, Words That Can Help

Learning the Language of Suicide, Words That Can Help

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar, MAPS, BCC   When someone dies, we struggle with what to say, “I’m sorry for your loss, They are at peace, I can’t even imagine how you feel” are phrases we may say.   Now, consider what we say, when someone dies by suicide.  We struggle to find the words, we don’t

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How the Bereaved Can Respond to Hurtful Words

How the Bereaved Can Respond to Hurtful Words

In a grief groups I often hear the bereaved say that family and friends often try to console with words, but rather than being helpful, these words hurt.  Supporters say things like:  You can always have more children.   They’re better off with God now.  The best way to do this is to get rid of

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