Life after a child's suicide

Shannon Crossbear, Native American Elder, shares advice from personal experience for parents who have lost a child to suicide on how to overcome the great challenges that it brings
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Life after a child's suicide

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Breathe in, breathe out - make it to the next moment. to lose a child is the hardest thing in the world, and to lose a child by suicide; is another whole new level. I feel that loss with every breath that I take; I feel it in my fingers. I miss the physical part of my son, but what I had to learn was how to have a new relationship; a relationship that wasn't in the physical world and on this earth-walk. Get the support that you need, surround yourself with people. Don't allow people to make it about a moral issue for you because it's not about that. It's about knowing that we may never know why; the complete reasons about why one person takes their life and another seems to be able to make it to the next moment. For whatever reasons, if you are are dealing with someone who you know who has died by their own hand, do what you need to do to take care of yourself and start to learn about how to create another relationship; one that isn't based in the physical.

Shannon Crossbear, Native American Elder, shares advice from personal experience for parents who have lost a child to suicide on how to overcome the great challenges that it brings

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Shannon Crossbear

Native American Elder

Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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