Welcome. If you have lost someone you love, I hope you will find comfort here. My name is Jan McDaniel, and I experienced traumatic loss to suicide in 2007.
Most of the material here is free. But my newest project - How to Survive Traumatic Loss - includes digital items you can print that provide specific activities you can do with your family as well as resources you can use to help rebuild your own life.
These include Peaceful Moments - a grief journal created just for you. Writing is one of the best ways to process grief. I hope you find peaceful moments as you read each short essay and respond to the related journal prompt.
The Holiday Planner will guide you through the toughest times when others are celebrating throughout the year. Battling Guilt and Regret is a fact sheet with actionable steps. What else? An activity book for use with children and teens; a self-care guide; cards you can give to family and friends; and Cups of Hope, an eBook about traveling through grief.
All best wishes for your healing,
Have you lost a loved one to suicide?
You are not alone.
The road to rebuilding a life after traumatic loss is full of heartache and emotional ups and downs, but life will be worth living again. It is possible to become stronger, to heal, to find more compassion and drive. It is possible to be happy and to create a joyful and fulfilling new life that honors the memory of a loved one.
When people die by suicide, misunderstanding, conflicting emotions, and undeserved stigma and shame can paralyze those who love them. The material here encourages survivors to take one moment at a time, to take care of themselves, to find support, and to heal.
Photo by Bonnie McClure, WriterType.org
The Acorn Journal: Messages of Connection from The Other Side One Acorn at a Time by Sandy Walden - For a personal story of love and hope, read Sandy's amazing account of how her youngest son, Mike, found a special way to connect with her after his passing. I never met Mike in person, but from years of knowing his mom and hearing about him and what he meant to his family and others who knew him, I feel like I did. His effect on the world continues, sometimes in acorns hidden in mysterious places, sometimes in tangible feelings of love, sometimes in ripples of hope that reach out across the whole world. Read more.
"I believe ... that hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."
- Robert Fulghum
Way for Hope is intended to provide inspiration and encouragement based on the experience and research of its creator and contributors. The material on Way for Hope and associated platforms is not intended to be or to replace mental health care. Some issues surrounding traumatic grief and loss to suicide are too intense and personal to be addressed by non-professionals. Ask your primary care physician to recommend a mental health care professional near you.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text “Hello” to 741-74. Outside the United States, find the number for your location at the International Association of Suicide Prevention: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/. There is help. There is hope.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
- Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)