My vision for the rest of 2014 and 2015
For those of you that haven’t heard I am writing a memoir about my experience losing my only sibling, Brian, to suicide in 2002. I have “downloaded” a lot of the information from my journal and have recently started the first draft of my book. My working title is Sibling Suicide: from despair to hope. This has been 12 years in the making. You might be asking why now? Well, I recently earned my license for professional counseling (LPC). I am working to put down my thoughts in book form rather than in journal form. Currently I am taking the themes from my journal and expanding them.
As I do this I will be working with editors and my plan is to publish or at least have a manuscript to the publisher by the end of February 2015. This means I have my work cut out for me.
Why write this book? I must share my story. When I went through the loss of my own brother I did not have the support that I needed. My friends were well meaning and they helped. Until November 2014 I had never met someone or talked with someone who had experienced a sibling suicide first hand. Now I have and it has been extremely helpful.
That leads me to another point. I had made a comment that I have the subject for my second book. I know… I’m getting ahead of myself, but bear with me. As I was talking with a fellow sibling suicide survivor I realized that all of our stories are different. How amazing would it be to find and interview several individuals who are in different stages of their grieving process as a sibling suicide survivor? It would be fantastic to be able to put these stories in a book and provide a resource that I never had when I first lost Brian to suicide.
Lastly: Please as you feel comfortable ask me about these things. They are not taboo. I have processed them and am continuing to process them. By you showing interest it means a lot. Please to not hesitate to talk to me about these things.