27 episodes

Hear stories of loss and grief through suicide - how others have healed the only way they know how. This podcast is about hope and healing. It is about reducing the stigma and helping others understand the significance of suicide and suicide loss.

Please look after yourself when you listen to this podcast. It is not designed as therapy - take your time and know there is support out there if you need it:

Some charitable organisations designed for suicide loss support:
https://uksobs.org/
https://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/
https://suicidegriefsupport.com

If you are seriously worried about yourself or anyone else, please contact the following organisations for advice and support:
https://www.samaritans.org/ FREE 24/7 HELPLINE: 116 123
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/
https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/carers-hub/suicidal-thoughts-how-to-support-someone/
https://www.mind.org.uk/

The Healing Narratives of Suicide Loss Sue Egan

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Hear stories of loss and grief through suicide - how others have healed the only way they know how. This podcast is about hope and healing. It is about reducing the stigma and helping others understand the significance of suicide and suicide loss.

Please look after yourself when you listen to this podcast. It is not designed as therapy - take your time and know there is support out there if you need it:

Some charitable organisations designed for suicide loss support:
https://uksobs.org/
https://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/
https://suicidegriefsupport.com

If you are seriously worried about yourself or anyone else, please contact the following organisations for advice and support:
https://www.samaritans.org/ FREE 24/7 HELPLINE: 116 123
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/
https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/carers-hub/suicidal-thoughts-how-to-support-someone/
https://www.mind.org.uk/

    #27 - There is No Hierarchy to Grief

    #27 - There is No Hierarchy to Grief

    Breanna talks of losing her high school friend to suicide 5 years ago and how she developed her therapeutic yoga practice to heal from her loss.

    Breanna’s story is full of helpful information about grief yoga and how we can heal our bodies. Hear what grief yoga is and what the benefits are amongst Breanna’s experience of different types of loss. Particularly how her high school group of friends coped with their friend’s suicide and the inevitability of guilt amongst everyone.

    Breanna’s story shows us how there is no hierarchy to grief – no limit - everyone who cared for that person is entitled to experience grief based on their relationship and everyone deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

     

    The links you need from this episode:

    https://breannayoga.com/

     Move through grief series

    Breanna's Grief Series

    Breanna on Instagram

    • 50 min
    #26 - Permission to Grieve

    #26 - Permission to Grieve

    Olivia is bravely living with the effects of her father’s suicide attempt and has lost her Aunty and several friends to suicide.

    This is Olivia's story.

    As a clinical psychologist from South Africa, Olivia recognises she wears two hats – a caring professional for a suicide liaison service in North London and a daughter who grew up trying to cope with her father’s mental health problems, addictions and consequently, the brain damage he is left living with.

     We discuss:


    The grieving process when your loved one changes beyond the person you remember.
    Anger which needed to be redirected away from internalisation.
    The effect of trauma on the body and mind.
    How Olivia managed as a child living in a chaotic world.
    Shame and how it affected both Olivia and her father.
    The difference between shame and guilt.
    Merging the professional and the personal after suicide.
    How Olivia manages to continue to live with her father’s illness and physical condition.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

     

    The Links you need from this episode:

    Rethink Mental Illness

    Email: Olivia.Guerini@rethink.org

    • 58 min
    #25 - Talking for Erin

    #25 - Talking for Erin

    Kristina from Vancouver lost her sister Erin in late 2013, 7 years at the time of recording this podcast.

    In this powerful episode Kristina describes how her family decided to talk about what her sister couldn’t –  mental health. The COVID lockdown has given Kristina time to pause and consider how to best talk about her sister’s suicide. She has started training for an Iron Man event and thrown herself into learning everything she can about mental health and suicide.

     As both sisters who have lost a much loved sibling, we discuss:


    How to talk about suicide.
    The difference between mental health and physical health.
    The challenges of supporting others through their mental health.
    How Kristina felt she wanted to defend Erin.
    How best to try and understand suicide without ever knowing the full truth.
    Handling social situations and how others can best support us.
    Grief and gratitude.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

     

    The links you need from this episode:

    Kristina on Instagram

    Suicide Support in Vancouver

    • 56 min
    #24 - Making Sense of Why

    #24 - Making Sense of Why

    This is Jane’s story. Jane lost her husband, Terry, to suicide in November 2019 and is in the process of starting a charity in his name (TRH Charity).

    In this episode we discuss:

    • Why Jane is starting a charity.

    • How we can work as a community to offer more proactive support.

    • How Jane managed all of the ‘why’ questions.

    • How suicide grief is different to other types of grief.

    • How Jane found solace through the church.

     A real story of trying to come to terms with a suicide loss.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

     

    The links you need from this episode:

    TRH Charity

    Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide (SOBS)

     

     

    • 26 min
    #23 - Making Time to Grieve

    #23 - Making Time to Grieve

    It was only when Kathy lost her son and ex-husband to murder-suicide in April 2020 she realised how grief had affected her whole life.

    Kathy lost both her Dad and Aunt to suicide before she was a teenager and her brother in a motorbike accident aged 22. Kathy developed chronic physical illnesses as a child and sought her own ways of healing something she thought was wrong with herself.

    After her son died and took his father with him, Kathy spiralled into grief and realised she didn’t need fixing but needed to grieve. She is doing so, consciously and mindfully, making time to grieve whilst doing everything she can to help her daughter grieve too.

    In this powerful episode Kathy and I discuss:


    The physical effects of grief.
    Breathwork, meditation, nature and yoga.
    Catholicism and suicide.
    Combatting guilt.
    Loneliness.
    How to communicate with children around grief.
    How Kathy continues her bond with her son – not his final act.
    How Kathy is managing to balance grief with life.

     

    A very touching story full of wisdom, vulnerability and strength.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

    • 47 min
    #22 - Remembering Chelsie

    #22 - Remembering Chelsie

    Tracy lost her teenage daughter, Chelsie, to suicide 15 years ago and brings bucket-loads of wisdom to this episode.

    Tracy shares many things: from how it felt parenting her son through his emotional difficulties to common issues found after suicide loss like the relationship fractures, stigma, shame and physical pain she experienced.

    We also discuss word choices around suicide, the lack of support available for suicide-loss survivors and how we feel people can best support us.

     

    Please listen with care and know there are people out there that can help and support you. 

    Within the UK: 

    Samaritans - Free on 116 123 

    Suicide&Co - Free on 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9aam-9pm 

    Within the US: 

    Suicide Hotline: Free on 1-800-273-8255 or text 742741 

    Anywhere else in the World:

    Suicide Grief Support

    Contact me here: sue@sueeganpsychology.com and we will see what is available in your country.

    Or find me on Facebook - Suicide Grief Support

    Or Instagram - Suicide Grief Support

     

    The links you need from this episode:

    JOURNEY THRU GRIEF

    Email for more information about Journey Thru Grief: info@journeythrugrief.com

    Journey Through Your Suicide Loss Podcast 

    Facebook Page

    Instagram Page

    Support for those who are supporting children or teens through mental health issues

    Alliance of Hope

    • 51 min

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