Survivors of Suicide

by Peggy Sweeney Suicide is a serious topic that we rarely discuss. Yet, each year thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to emotional pain. As a result of their deaths, surviving family members and friends not only grieve but must cope with feelings of guilt … Continue reading Survivors of Suicide

When Someone Takes His Own Life

An excerpt from The Healing of Sorrow by Norman Vincent Peale In many ways, this seems the most tragic form of death. Certainly it can entail more shock and grief for those who are left behind than any other. And often the stigma of suicide is what rests most heavily on those left behind. Suicide … Continue reading When Someone Takes His Own Life

Hope – The Antithesis of Suicide

by Renae Griggs “Each suicide drama occurs in the mind of a unique individual." ~Edwin Shneidman Any carefully considered discussion about suicide must be carried out with the explicit understanding that the decision to end one's life is filled with colossal complexities. The multi­dimensional aspects of completing suicide have been studied and theorized by great … Continue reading Hope – The Antithesis of Suicide

Why is There Suicide in the Fire Service?

by Peggy Sweeney Author’s Note: I address firefighters in this article, but the information provided applies to any and all emergency response and public safety professionals. Suicide is a very serious topic that we rarely discuss. Each year, thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to … Continue reading Why is There Suicide in the Fire Service?