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Surviving Loss By Suicide

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss By Suicide

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that almost forty-five thousand Americans die by suicide every year, with untold more around the world; each one results in a life sentence of heartbreak for family and friends. The survivor’s journey is a tumultuous one that challenges our friendships, our fears, and even our future. Where do we go from here? How do we survive such a devastating, senseless act? While each loss is as unique as one’s own fingerprint, and grief tools aren’t one-size-fits-all, it’s important to know you are not alone. This book is like your own portable support group, open 24/7. It offers an intimate collection of stories by people around the world who have all walked in your shoes. Consider this book one of your bereavement tools, and pull it out whenever you need. For no matter the age, the circumstance, or number of days since your loved one died by suicide, the stories contained within this book offer company, comfort and hope, and are a treasured reminder that none of us walk this journey alone.


Released in December 2015, Grief Reiki® is a proud co-author to Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss By Suicide

Part of the Grief Diaries series dedicated to offering comfort, company and hope in the aftermath of life’s challenges and losses, Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide is a collection of intimate and candid narrations from different writers about their journey through losing a loved one to suicide. In chapter one, each writer bravely penned the moment when their familiar lives disappeared along with their loved one’s last breath. The writers were then presented with intimate questions pertaining to their loss, and their responses are compiled within the individual chapters. These narrations are unabridged, as every voice is unique. But no matter the differences, the stories contained in each Grief Diaries book is a treasured reminder that none of us walk the journey alone. Welcome to the Grief Diaries village, where grief transcends all differences and unites us in the aftermath. Welcome, bereaved friend, to company, comfort and hope.


“CRITICALLY IMPORTANT . . . I want to say  what you are doing is so critically important.” -DR. BERNICE A. KING, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King

“STUNNING . . . Grief Diaries treats the reader to a rare combination of candor and fragility through the eyes of the bereaved. Delving into the deepest recesses of the heartbroken, the reader easily identifies with the diverse collection of stories and richly colored threads of profound love that create a stunning read full of comfort and hope.” -DR. GLORIA HORSLEY, Founder & President of Open to Hope Foundation

“IMPORTANT ON SO MANY LEVELS…Suicide is a topic that isn’t talked about nearly enough in our world today, and it’s one that’s often surrounded by stigma, assumptions, and judgments. This book gives a mere glimpse into what it’s like to not only face the pain of losing a love one to suicide, but how it feels when the bereaved also have to take on the burden of dealing with the stigmas around it. More importantly, this book is a courageous, insightful, and informative collection of personal stories – stories that can teach us so much more, about loss by suicide, than research or advice books ever could. These are real people, real examples, real lives.MOST importantly, this book is a beautiful resource for those grieving a loss by suicide. Simply knowing we aren’t alone in the journey and that others have felt the way we have can bring so much relief. We can find companionship and comfort in those moments where we can read someone else’s words, nod our heads, and say, “wow, that’s exactly how I’m feeling. I’m not alone”. This book is a collection of stories filled with those “yeah, me too” moments.” AMAZON REVIEWER

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Grief Reiki® Returns To Loss To Profound During Suicide Prevention Month

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Grief Reiki® returned as guest on the Loss To Profound TV hosted by Val Uchendu.  This episode, filmed at the start of Suicide Prevention Month, was specifically dedicated to Removing the Stigma on Suicide. The primary guest was Chris Bright, Senior Education Manager from The Trevor Project.  Toward the end of the show I spoke about my two loved ones who died by suicide and how Reiki can help bring relaxation and stress reduction to those with mental health issues. Watch Now


Val emigrated from Nigeria to United States to pursue his dream, but took a detour when he volunteered at a local hospital. He spent the next few years, pursing a benevolent career, earned a Bachelor degree in Nursing, and ongoing Master’s Degree in Anesthesia and worked in various areas in the healthcare from inpatient care such as Cardiothoracic Intensive care, postoperative care, and emergency to out-patient care and case management. As a Registered Nurse, Val also became a community advocate for mental health, became a field Ambassador for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a field Ambassador and currently Co-Chairperson for the Out of Darkness Pasadena Walk, he will be coordinating 10 different committees for a 600+ person yearly walk to promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness. As natural talent Val enjoyed the privilege of being creative, thanks to his parents who fostered his natural talents; he became an avid lover of all things Music, TV, Film and Theatre. Val knew his dream was to connect with people in a different manner, a manner most natural to him, whether it was with his patients at the hospital or his audience on stage or behind the screen it was the same deep human connection that hears, sees and empathizes with whatever and whoever he’s in contact with.

Val took a detour, but he never lost sight of his dream, a dream that has become a commitment to himself, his late brother, family, patient, audience and community. Val founded Lostandprofoundtv LLC, an entertainment network and brand where people who have learned how turn their loss into something profound will share with others how they did it. The goal is to entertain, educate, engage, enlighten and empower others. Lostandprofoundtv is the home of Val’s Show on You Tube called, “In the Loop with Val” and his UBN radio show, “Loss to Profound.” It will also be the home for Val’s upcoming Motivational and Inspirational books, Movies, TV-shows. Val believes in living life and becoming a solution through giving and love. As the last child in a successful and educated family of six, now five; lostandprofoundtv was inspired by the death his late brother who shared Val’s dream of coming to America, but died in a car accident a month before his departure.


The primary guest on this Episode was Chris Bright, Senior Education Manager from The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.


Trevor Lifeline – The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24), available at 1-866-488-7386.

TrevorChat – A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.

TrevorText – A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT at 202-304-1200.


Loss to Profound TV can be found on many different platforms such as: You Tube, iTunes, and iHeart Radio.

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National Suicide Prevention Week 2017

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September 10th through 16th is National Suicide Prevention Week. As many of you already know I lost two loved ones to suicide. It is a heartache that will never go away for those who are left behind.


There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.


Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

*If a person talks about: Being a burden to others; feeling trapped; experiencing unbearable pain; having no reason to live; or killing themselves.

*Specific things to look out for include: Increased use of alcohol or drugs; looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means; acting recklessly; withdrawing from activities; isolating from family and friends; sleeping too much or too little; visiting or calling people to say goodbye; giving away prized possessions; or aggression.

*People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods: Depression; loss of interest; rage; irritability; humiliation; or anxiety.


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.


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