After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett

By John H. Hewett

"For the person within the throes of responding to the....suicide of a family member, this publication offers priceless perception into the adventure. this sort of cognitive wisdom can really alleviate ache by means of being a competent advisor during the process".---The Theological Educator.

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Wherever she went. How do you deal with your severe feelings of guilt? How do you respond to those who you feel are all pointing their fingers at you? Moreover, how can you keep from constantly blaming yourself? One way of response is through denial. You can convince yourself that the death was an accident or a homicide, and thereby remove the question of your responsibility from the situation. I hear this approach from parents of adolescents who "accidentally" overdosed on an entire bottle of sleeping pills or "accidentally" shot themselves in the head.

When this happens, you "flash back" into a kind of mini-grief that can last for several days. These feelings of overwhelming sadness may surprise you with their intensity. You'll wonder where they were hidden. The answer lies in your memory: it is readjusting, and that takes time. Oates describes this phenomenon: These periods of reflectiveness and heavyheartedness tend to become less frequent with the passage of time, and for a reason. " These items are innumerable to begin with, but their number is gradually whittled down as day by day they are associated with new realities in one's present life.

American Indians have an unusually high suicide rate. This may date from the inclusion of suicide in primitive tribal rituals, as with the Navajo, who prescribed suicide as punishment for breaking a taboo. Suicide rates increase geographically as you move from east to west, with much higher totals in cities than in rural areas. The mountain and Pacific states report the highest national incidence of suicide. The "fever spots" in the West are Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It should not be surprising that the suicidal People's Temple cult was centered in San Francisco; that city is the "suicide capital" of the nation, with a rate two and a half times the national average.

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