Posts Tagged With: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-HELP

Be Still, My Heart

“Dear Julia . . . there is no easy way to tell you this . . .”


On July 3rd, I learn of my friend’s suicide


The savage truth delivers a violent punch to my heart

and fractures my core


For others, the days ahead bring fireworks, art fairs, and festivities . . . even The Rolling Stones


but I’m here still trying to get up off the floor


Reality comes in waves now; acid waves which leave me breathless


I can’t talk about it yet, or say his name aloud, or share his wonderfulness with you

but I know that soon the grieving will begin and it will be better than this


In a single moment everything can change

your perspective . . . your world . . . even the person you are


To the muffled backdrop of exploding fireworks, I weep

for his pain

and my loss

and the tremendous tragedy of it all


It didn’t have to be


This life . . .

is magnificent and beautiful

yet fragile, tentative, and temporary

and ever so bittersweet.


*If you are in crisis, PLEASE call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-HELP (8255). They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They really care and can help you.  Or visit   .

Because you matter.

Categories: Downriver/Detroit, Grief/Healing, Michigan | Tags: , , , , | 17 Comments

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