Aug 27, 2020
Every year on September 10th, individuals and organizations in over 50 countries connect and work together to prevent suicide, by supporting those who are struggling and to help those who are grieving. This year we will address this topic with Barbara Rubel the author of the fictional novel "But I Didn't Say Goodbye – Helping Families after a Suicide". In her reader-friendly and well researched book, she addresses the loss of her father through suicide in a meaningful and thought provoking read, and discusses WHAT she learned in the process of grieving and healing.
Barbara will share her unique approach to suicide prevention and post-vention, on how can develop personal resiliency and reclaim hope after loss in this month's "Bear Psychology radio show" on Realityradio101.com program.
Whether you know someone who has attempted or completed suicide, or felt so much despair that you have considered it yourself ... we want to open up the dialogue today about this important topic.
Let's start by clarifying that whatever is going on in your life today, the pain of the moment can elevate us to open up and and there are many people and sources of information that can provide relief. We will begin the conversation with two numbers and resource links so we have a safe reference point right from the start:
Barbara will reflect from the lens of her own tragic loss and personal experience.
What do you do when your father dies by suicide while you are in the hospital awaiting the birth of your triplets? What do you do when you can't attend your father's funeral because physician orders include complete bed rest? What do you do when you realize that you experienced a devastating loss and that you are not alone in that experience? You write a book and dedicate your life to helping others affected by suicide.
Barbara Rubel's fictional characters in "But I Didn't
Say Goodbye" are a compilation of what individuals
may experience throughout their lifetime as a suicide loss
survivor. "But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a
Suicide" tells the story, from the perspective of an
eleven-year-old boy Alex and his family, as they are rocked by
suicide and reeling from the aftermath. Through Alex's eyes, the
reader sees the transformation of feelings after going through
death by suicide.
Through the story, the reader understands what losing someone to suicide might be like for a family, how to make meaning of the loss, and ways to experience personal growth. This self-help book was revised to provide guidance and education for clinicians and families to help suicide loss survivors.
Links & Resources:
Suicide Postvention Resources
listed in the new and updated edition of
But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide (3rd ed.)
by Barbara Rubel