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June 2017

A Year of Firsts

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A Long Term Suicide Loss Survivor Attends a Conference…Just for Her

“One’s deepest wounds integrated become one’s greatest power” are the first words I wrote in the lovely blue journal I received upon checking into the Our Journey Continues conference, an event organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In a welcome speech, Mariette Hartley shared these words spoken by her good friend, former actress and current nun, Delores Hart. I got it. So did the 200 or so other people in the room. That is why we came.

This was my first experience as a conference attendee. The fact that it was the first one focused on long-­‐term survivors of suicide loss gave it special significance as the culmination of a year of many personal firsts in my own journey.

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