International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 22, 2014.

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the suicide rate among Veterans is 22 per day.

This Saturday, November 22, 2014, is the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing suicide.  On their official site, ( a schedule of events in your area can be viewed.

After the suicide and tragic loss of his good friend, Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss, A Guided Journey by Robert E. Lesoine, MA ED., with Marilynne Chophel, MA was born.  (

I mention this publication because I read it.  So many of us have had this experience and know how heartbreaking  it can be when a life is cut short by suicide, especially for those left behind.  The shock, anger, and bewilderment can be crippling.

I found traveling with Mr. Lesoine on his journey to healing and acceptance inspiring.  No matter how many years a survivor carries their experience with suicide locked in their heart, this book along with each chapter’s exercise can soften the blow.  Unanswered questions and speculations can make this type of death an unhealed wound.  Reading this guidebook gave me insight and peace. A peace I did not know I still needed!  I am glad, Buddy, who was Mr. Lesoine’s dog, was included. Sometimes our pets can be our best teachers.

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