By John H. Hewett
"For the person within the throes of responding to the....suicide of a family member, this booklet offers priceless perception into the adventure. this type of cognitive wisdom can truly alleviate agony via being a competent consultant in the course of the process".---The Theological Educator.
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I believe that guilt can be most helpfully managed through the religious practices of confession and forgiveness. This requires, first of all, that you honestly face up to what has happened to your family and to your role in that crisis. You can't go back and undo anything now. It's done, and you won't really live in peace until you accept what you already know. Confession means self-revelation. You need to throw open the windows of your soul and "tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth" about what is making you feel guilty.
Other high-risk areas in this country include Miami and St. Petersburg, the Florida geriatric centers, where rates approach twice the national average. April and May are the peak months for suicides. Evidently this reflects the suicidal person's despair and anxiety, which seem so totally at odds with the rebirth of spring and the reminder of things fresh and new. Except for a brief upsurge during the stressful Christmas season, the rate decreases in winter, when the weather more accurately reflects the victim's mood.
4, Winter 1973, p. ) This is "frozen" grief. It promises a lifetime of mourning for those who succumb to its nostalgic temptations. Rabbi Earl Grollman makes some helpful suggestions about this tendency. He suggests that you resist the compulsion to create a memorial shrine by (1) giving away the clothes of the deceased and (2) rearranging the furniture of the bedroom, and perhaps even the entire house (Earl Grollman, Talking About Death. A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, p. , Beacon Press, 1976).
After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett