How the aftermath of tragedy launched a creative revolution.

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Harvard Medical School reports that every suicide leaves an estimated six or more “suicide survivors.” According to the latest Samaritans’ Suicide Statistics Report, 6,122 took their own lives in 2014 right here in the United Kingdom. That year alone, at least 36,732 people were suicide survivors coping with the emotional aftermath. I understand what this emotional aftermath feels like because in 2014, I was among them.

After losing my mother to suicide that year, I had no idea how to cope. …

Because an act of charity is a springboard for healing.

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Daily habits fall victim to staggering disruption when someone you love dies. We face fatigue. We encounter emotional extremities. We temporarily lose interest in things we might deeply love. We might even take on strange new habits because we simply don’t know what to do with ourselves.

Overcoming grief isn’t easy. At least it wasn’t for me. I had to reorientate myself with the world around me, with “socialising” or rather with the desire to be social. For many months after my mother died, I felt like I was “in limbo” but I also wanted to find a way to move forward. …

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Every loss of life is a tragedy and undoubtedly takes a significant amount of time to process. However, while each emotional pathway through bereavement is entirely unique, the cause of death can signify a few patterns of behaviour we can expect to encounter as a response.


If someone you love has battled with a terminal illness, then part of the grieving process often begins with the illness itself. While we witness the painstaking deterioration of life, the gradual nature of an illness psychologically prepares us for the imminent loss of life.

The only saving grace in this agonising experience is that there is a chance to make vital preparations for both yourself and your loved one.


Halani C. Foulsham

Founder of Thought Climber, designer of The AFTER JOURNAL, and mental health activist unabashedly obsessed with flowers

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