This coming Saturday, November 23, is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Throughout the world, events are held to honor those lost. It is an intense but moving day and offers those grieving a community to help share their pain. Local events can be found here.
Every time I attend events like this, I am struck by how many incredible people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve formed out of tragedy. In 2016 I went to the first conference for long term survivors in Chicago where Joshua Rivedal was offering a workshop talking about how humor and creativity helped him work through his grief based on his fifteen-character, one-man play Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt (KMBB), based on his memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah.
Since then, Joshua has achieved much Joshua Rivedal is the creator and founder of Changing Minds: A Mental Health Based Curriculum and The i’Mpossible Project and has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health, diversity, and storytelling across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. You can read more about him at iampossible.com and watch his Talking About Suicide Loss With segment here.
I hope everyone has a peaceful Thanksgiving!