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My brother completed suicide on Nov 7. 2011. In a matter of days it will have been 3 yrs. Karen seeing your post encouraged me to post. I've been in PTSD counseling for almost 3 yrs.I found him, he knew I was coming. He gave me warnings signs of suicide but I didn't realize it was gonna be real. I told my husband about some of the things he would say..also told my oldest brother. Neither of us realized anything until it was done.We were very close, he was such a part of my world. Not a day goes by that I don't have memories that nobody should have.I so dread Nov 7th..I will never be the same person I was as part of me..a big part of me also died that day.I take life one day at a time and no..it has not gotten easier for me.I suffer grief in silence and have my mask. Somedays I just want to scream at the world that you don't know how this feels. It seems like today, yesterday everyday.I feel so guilty and sad for him. Baby brother I'll love you forever.........
Deb: I'm guessing that your sister wouldn't want you to feel guilty. I think our loved ones' souls know when you're saying you love them at the last whether in person or otherwise. It must have been so difficult for you. My brother was alone when he died. It still upsets me that I didn't get to say good-bye to him or tell him I love him. My daddy was in a coma for 2 days before he died. I'm convinced that he heard us when we said we loved him.
Hello Karen and Deb:
Please know that I am praying that you have some peace.-My beautiful sister Lisa passed away on November 7th, 2013 and even though nearly a year has passed it seems like only yesterday and some days it seems like forever. Lisa and I were like twins-she was my best friend. Having this forum allows us to talk with folks who have lost sibilings who were dearly loved. I hope everyone keeps writing.
Deb: You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister. It's been my experience that missing your loved one the more time that passes is not unusual-not easy but normal. I felt like a elephant was on my chest because my heart was so heavy. The things I say to newly bereaved are: 1. There are no rules for grief and no time limits; 2. Do what you can to be kind and gentle to yourself; 3. Get help if you need it. Joining this group is a good thing. Take care.
Karen I am so sorry for your losses and yes, 2 together makes it even more difficult I believe. There are many ways to grieve. Please do not let anyone tell you how or to get over it. That is purely wrong. I believe in the Lord and I am not going to push that on you either, as I have no right. However, I will keep you in my prayers. I so hope you get the support you need here.
Karen: I just joined this support group and read your story. I am truly sorry for your loss and your experience. Please know that my prayers are with you. I lost my oldest brother in February and its very fresh in my heart. I can see his big smile and hear him calling my name. I am strengthened by my faith and trust in my Heavenly Father. We all have different ways of coping and grieving and its ok.
I hope that you find the support you need in this group. Knowing that you are not alone!
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