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I can’t believe another month has gone, and I am so grateful for all the stories shared the last two months, where we learned so much about managing loss and grief. This month will be dedicated to discussing suicide awareness, and I’m so happy to have the first guest to discuss this topic, Marni Ratner.
Marni Ratner lost her husband to suicide in 2009 and suddenly became the breadwinner for her two children ages 3 and 7 at the time. Through early grief counseling and a large network of extended family and friends, her kids are now thriving young adult with her oldest recently going off to college. Eleven years after her husband’s death, Marni finds strength in mentoring new widows and is also a strong proponent of suicide prevention.
Marni has been active in several widow support groups, some formal organizations, and others more casual. The most memorable being as a founding member of a local group called 180 Your Life, which is more experience-focused and strives to embrace exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Their first event was training for the Athleta Irongirl Sprint Triathlon. Their team of young widows was sponsored by Athleta, who even outfitted the team with custom uniforms.
In this episode, Marni will share her thoughts on suicide after 11 years of reflection. I hope you find this conversation inspiring and motivates you to break the stigma about suicide. If you have any additional comments or ideas and want to share them reach our private Facebook group, Hope to Recharge. Because, as always, together is better!
- The first feelings when a loved one suicide
- How to explain suicide to children
- Getting over the sense of guilt
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