In our experience, grief is not necessarily something we “just get through”, but rather a journey towards integrating our grief into who are now, that our loved one is gone.

Becky Olsen, co-founder of OurSideOfSuicide.com, shares the lessons she has learned in her article “8 Things I Learned Years After My Dad’s Suicide” for the Huffington Post.

I think it’s safe to say that whether it’s been 10 days or 10 years (or more), the effects of living through a loved one’s suicide will continue to evolve and impact survivors in various ways. As a new survivor, I hated when I heard people say “time heals.” I didn’t believe it and I didn’t want to hear it. However, I can say that time has molded my grief away from the sick, punched-in-the-gut feeling, into what I would equate to a backpack or dark cloud that I carry or pull along with me in the background.

 

Read her full article here.