On Loss and Regrowth

Posted in Death, Relationships

There are times in our lives when a loss of someone leaves a hole in our heart that can never be repaired. We feel the loss as acutely as a pulled muscle or stomach ache that will not end. What we fail to realize is the heart is ever changing, and while that space may never be filled, our heart will continue to grow and function. As we continue in our journey, we meet others that occupy another place in our heart, and though we may never have been able to imagine it, our heart grows and molds to allow this person to enter. Just when we felt that we could never love another, our heart expands...

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Suicide Facts

Posted in Death, Depression, Emotions

In 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and was the 2nd leading cause of death for those ages 10-34. Men commit suicide four times as often as females, often using lethal methods such as firearms or hanging. 90% of those who have attempted suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. Many myths surround suicide about the warning signs and interventions. Warning signs include: Withdrawal from family, friends, and life. Increasingly dangerous risk taking behaviors. Giving away possessions, saying good-bye to people, updating or creating a will. Obtaining a...

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