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Posts tagged with loss survivors

Sep 19, 2016

Kristen Spexarth It's rare to find a person who can accurately and meaningfully describe the unique agony of someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In fact, it takes someone who has known that pain first-hand. Kristen Spexarth knows it from the loss of her son, Colby, and she has bravely and lovingly found the words to describe her journey—beautiful, wise words that are a balm to me and to many other suicide loss survivors.

In her new book,... read more

Jul 06, 2016

Three recent encounters left me musing about the importance of empathy and emotional well-being in the lives of those we love and touch.

We all meet proud parents. Parents whose joy in their children shines like an aura. In my travels, I crossed paths with such a parent recently. As we talked, stories emerged about a beloved son, a bright and articulate elementary student. I enjoyed soaking in the reflected parental love.... read more

May 25, 2016

Jennifer Stuber (left) and Kathleen Gilligan share an emotional moment after the luncheon.

Washington CeaseFire honored Forefront co-founder Jennifer Stuber yesterday with its 2016 Delores Jones Person of the Year Award for the individual who has done the most to reduce gun violence in Washington this year. The UW Social Work associate profe... read more

May 19, 2016

(Photo compliments of the Moyer Foundation)I found out my husband Matt died by suicide, five years ago, at 9:30 in the morning. I had just dropped off my 5-year-old son at school. Nobody in my life had ever died this way before. I was in shock. I had no idea what to do. My chief concern at that grief-stricken moment was what to tell my kindergartener at 3:30 when I picked him up from school.

Thanks to grief support services provided by the... read more

Jan 07, 2016

Jennifer Stuber calls for common ground around suicide prevention and safe storage of lethal meansWe’ve heard a lot of public talk this week about curbing gun violence.  President Obama and Washington’s Gov. Inslee both announced executive actions aimed at reducing firearm fatalities and injuries through improved background checks and other means. Both also made the often-overlooked point that most gun deaths are suicides. It was good to hear this sad truth finally g... read more

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