Dealing With the Pain of My Son’s Suicide

How being sober is helping me through

Gayle Macdonald
Published in
16 min readMay 11, 2023

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By rights I shouldn’t be writing this, no parent should ever have to go through what my husband and I are experiencing. I remember the village mayor repeating that over and over when he stood in our living room and delivered the devastating news that Joshua, our eldest son had taken his own life. He was 21.

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Gayle Macdonald
Invisible Illness

Gayle is a tea drinking mum of two, life and sobriety coach. Gayle helps women to quit drinking & feel good.. https://sober-bliss.com/