Symbolizing endless questions after suicide, A lone tree silhouetted against the dusk

Endless Questions

After losing someone to suicide, the questions seem endless. In this blog, I will be exploring them one at a time.

Is it true that suicide rates spike in the new year?

Unfortunately, yes. In the past, it was commonly believed that suicide rates spiked at Christmas, but studies reveal that they drop during the holidays and then peak for the first few weeks of the new year. Researchers surmise that, for those who are already struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, the Christmas promise of peace, […]

How Can I Sustain a Relationship with my Departed Loved One?

Today is Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico. While it coincides with Hallowe’en, it is not about fright and mischief, but about showing love and respect for deceased family members. The festival dates back several thousand years to the Aztec, Toltec, Nuatl and other Indigenous peoples of Mexico, who viewed death […]

My loved one died 20 years ago and I still feel grief-stricken at times. Shouldn’t I be over it by now?

If there’s one thing that can’t be slotted into a timetable, it’s grief. Many of us are not able to deal with our grief immediately after our loss. The circumstances of the death may have been violent or otherwise difficult to deal with, we may be traumatized by what has occurred, and/or we may feel […]