25 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 attached to suicide and suicide loss.

As a psychotherapist, I lost my brother to suicide over 4 years ago. I have spent that time assimilating the experience into my life story. An experience I never thought I would have in this lifetime.

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/

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 attached to suicide and suicide loss.

As a psychotherapist, I lost my brother to suicide over 4 years ago. I have spent that time assimilating the experience into my life story. An experience I never thought I would have in this lifetime.

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/

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/

    #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 

    Suicide Grief Support

    Within the US: 

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

     

    The links you need:

    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.

     

    The links you need:

    TRH Charity

    Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide (SOBS)

     

    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

    • 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 for free

    Within the UK -

    Samaritans: 116 123

    Suicide&Co - 0800 054 8400 Mon-Friday 9am-9pm

    Within the US -

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

    • 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.

    Listen with care and know you are not alone.

    Samaritans are there 24/7 to support you - call 116 123.

    Extra Resources:

    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
    #21 - Self love is a Super Power

    #21 - Self love is a Super Power

    Amy lost her Mum to suicide when she was 21 years old and the family didn’t speak about it, leaving her just to get on with life.

    It wasn’t until she was 31 years old and her grandmother died that Amy realised she needed to find a way through her grief. Amy discussed how she did this through using natural holistic solutions.

    Find Amy here…

    Amy on Instagram

    Webinar - Healing our 3 brains

    Amare

    Free Meditation from Amy

    Young Living Thieves Starter Kit (Use Sponsor Code: #3559939)

    • 25 min
    #20 - Becoming an Orphan as an Adult

    #20 - Becoming an Orphan as an Adult

    Sasha’s Mum died in an accident 8 years ago when Sasha was 29. She then lost her Dad to suicide almost 3 years ago and that changed the trajectory of her grief.

    Sasha felt that her mum’s death was going to prepare her for her Father’s death but she was surprised at the different layers that came and had to learn how to manoeuvre through the waves of grief again.

    We discuss:


    the differences between suicide loss and other losses
    what it was like for Sasha becoming an orphan as an adult
    Sasha’s confusion around her dad's death and how she had to break through that in order to process the rest of her grief
    what it felt like for our families to shrink so quickly
    how Sasha changed the trajectory of her career and is living a more meaningful life

    A very real daughter’s story.

    Find Sasha here:

    IG: the_grieving_daughter

    Buy Sasha's Book 'She Grieves'

    • 35 min

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