When we think about the suicide of a loved one, we think of profound loss, of grief, of finding a way to endure amid unyielding pain. But we gain something in the aftermath, one nearly as burdensome. It is a new perspective: Loss becomes a lens through which life is lived. And it can be difficult for many to see through the blur.
For three members of The Mental Health Association of Westchester’s Board of Directors, much as with anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide, that lens is ever-present. Their success in regaining clarity has been mixed.