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Helping Children and Teens Cope

Children and teens often have been called the forgotten mourners because people didn't believe they grieved a loss. The resources and information for this group continue to grow to help them travel the suicide grief journey with as much support as possible. We provide several articles for support and help with what to say after the loss.


06/14/2012 at 7:16 PM
Kelly Don Stuhlmueller
My father took his own life when I was just shy of ten years old. He was thirty-seven. I am now forty-three, have two young children of my own and there are still people I've worked with, friends I've grown up with and others' in my community who know nothing of my father's death. Like so many "fatherless" homes around the county, people just assume my parents divorced, he died at some point, ect. But I speak of his death rarely and with great caution: I still feel the stigma of suicide, over thirty years later and still trust very few people with my delicate feelings. My dad's death completely changed who I was; my personality and my "happy go lucky" attitude as a child-throughout my entire life. The pain is still there. Not as raw as it once was but I still miss my dad terribly. And certain dates; his birthday, father's day, Christmas; milestones like the birth of my children--all bring the grief back in waves. I do understand "why" he did it, for he suffered from severe depression and must have truly believed his family would be better off without him. But just the oppoosite has occured throughout the years. That is the irony of it all. We are all SO much worse off since he's been gone :( Memories are wonderful but they don't take the place of my dad.
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