Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust)'s Blog – December 2011 Archive (2)

Celebrating with Suicide Loss Survivors

This year, I celebrated my birthday in Los Angeles with friends and fellow survivors of suicide loss. It was my 40th, and I had tried to make plans with various people in various parts of the country. But nothing came together until I booked a plane ticket to L.A. and announced to friends when I would be there.


I spent the evening of December 10th in Los Angeles at the Survivors After Suicide 30th Anniversary Pot Luck. Most people think that when a group of bereaved people…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on December 19, 2011 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

Coping with the Holidays after Loss

There are many people and families around the world celebrating their first holiday season following the death of a loved one. I hesitate to use the word “celebrate” because I know that it doesn’t feel like much of a celebration when someone important isn’t there.


I remember that first holiday season without my sister (and without my maternal grandmother, who died just seven months after Denise) as a time of confusion. All our family traditions were thrown out the window that…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on December 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

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