Remembering: Stories of Suicide Loss

-september suicide prevention month-

If You Could Hear Me

If You Could Hear Me

  For Joshua I know you can’t hear me, but if you could, I’d tell you about my day. I played with our cousin, built a snowman, and sledded down the stairs. It reminded me of the hour you played shark with him, laughing together. I slept upstairs, our uncle across...

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Losing a Child

Losing a Child

In facilitating healing groups for women who have lost children, some to suicide, a few things have stood out to me. In addition to the terrible and traumatic suffering these women experience from loss, many of these courageous women are dealing with feelings of...

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Grande Jette

Grande Jette

I first met Iris when I was five or six. Iris was originally from Romania and had a thick accent, which amused me. She was a dear friend of both of my parents and visited us frequently. Iris always celebrated birthdays and holidays with us. Her exaggerated way of...

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A Chair for Lori

A Chair for Lori

The last time I spoke with my friend Lori Zahara Figelman, she talked about her plans to counsel young women; the next time I saw her, a few days later, she was walking to her death.  Seventeen years later, when asked to contribute to "Empty Chairs", the image of this...

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Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

All gone All done If I could Pull you back If I could Go back In time Or give you Years of my life I would To save you From ending your life I would You slipped away Unseen Unheard Nobody knew Why Please forgive me Lisa M. Sundquist Read more Remembering: Stories of...

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Preventing Tragedy

Preventing Tragedy

As the newly elected President of the SPCS Board of Directors, I feel honored and privileged to be a small part of this awesome community organization.  As a nurse and paramedic for over 40 years, I have had to care for many patients and families dealing and living...

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Caitlin at the Window

Caitlin at the Window

Joe Crookston is a beloved singer-songwriter who lives in Ithaca, NY. He wrote this song after losing a friend to suicide but also with Dylan Thomas in mind. [video width="640" height="360"...

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Remembering Sue Knight

Remembering Sue Knight

Sue Knight was my teammate on the Cornell Polo Team in the 80s.  She was a fantastic horsewoman and one of my closest friends. In January of 2013, Sue died by suicide. She suffered from a terrible illness. The illness is called depression. Many of her friends did not...

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Two Empty Chairs and a Conversation

Two Empty Chairs and a Conversation

I'm not afraid to admit that mental health diagnosis run in the family. I was never around when my grandmother lost three of her four brothers and her father to suicide. I took this picture as a memory of a time with my mother. And a conversation. A friend of mine...

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United Way Tompkins County

The mission of Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service is to promote constructive responses to crisis and trauma, and to prevent violence to self and others through direct support and community education. SPCS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a United Way Agency, and a regional member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline