Mental Health HELPS

Healing After Losing a Loved One to Suicide: A Conversation with Lark Dean Galley

June 14, 2022 Brandy Vega Season 1 Episode 5
Mental Health HELPS
Healing After Losing a Loved One to Suicide: A Conversation with Lark Dean Galley
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Listener Warning: This episode discusses topics which may be triggering for some. We will discuss self-harm, suicide, grief, guilt, shame, and depression. If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis please call the National Suicide Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or 988 come July 2022. 

In this episode Brandy Vega sits down with Lark Dean Galley to discuss Galley's book 'Learning to Breathe Again: Choosing to Heal After Losing a Loved One to Suicide'. Galley's book shares her journey of grief and healing as she works through the loss of her 19-year-old son to suicide.  Vega also shares parts of her story of learning and working through her daughter's suicide attempts. 

You can find Galley's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Breathe-Again-Choosing-Suicide/dp/1606452622 

Or visit her website: https://larkdeangalley.com/ 

Prefer to watch? Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/_FdOv4pcJ6I 

Introduction
Suicide and not actually wanting to die
Warning signs of suicide
Dealing with guilt, regret, and denial
Suicide ignitions and plans
Impact of losing a child on relationships and marriage. And dealing with blame.
Dealing with feelings of failure
Suicide increases likelihood of suicide in family members
How to talk about suicide. Saying 'died by suicide' vs. 'committed suicide'
Growing closer to Christian by sharing his story
How have you changed? How has life changed?
Do you have advice for parents in similar situations?
Dealing with feelings of shame, self-shaming, and judgements
How to show up and help a family dealing with grief and loss
How are your other kids doing now?
What would you say to Christian now?
Where to find the book and other resources?
Reaching out to others