Episode #7: In this STATE OF MIND episode (remixed for broadcast), Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Rabbi Lori Klein and Kara Bowman, LMFT to discuss grief following a suicide. Lori bravely shares about losing her mentally ill mother to suicide and her grieving and growing process over the 30+ years since. She describes the initial impact, and how over time she has grieved, and learned to shape the meaning of these experiences in more helpful ways. Lori reflects on her own grief process, as well as what she has seen in her many years serving as an oncology hospital chaplain. Kara Bowman, a Hospice therapist and grief and suicide specialist, contributes many insights about grief, about the ways many people grieve in general and specifically following a suicide. Join us for this beautiful story that travels the distance from tragedy to hope.
Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for lending her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music.
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Resources & Links:
Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3000
WINGS Support Group for Sucide Survivors
Suicide Prevention Service Santa Cruz 831-459-9373
Handbook for Suicide Survivors
American Association of Suicidology
NAMI-SCC: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Santa Cruz County
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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
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So much depth and compassion in this exploration. Thank you to all of you who met to discuss the many shades& nuances of what is experienced. Such an important subject that needs much more discourse because it’s so rampant. Suicide touches all of us. Our friends, our children. Thank you so much for bringing this out in the open!