In Our Focus on Family Broadcast ”Seeking God’s Healing After Loss of Suicide, ”We spoke with Rita Schulte, a licensed counselor who specializes in treating anxiety and depression disorders as well as grief, loss, and trauma. She is also a member of Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselors Network.
Rita experienced God’s healing after her husband died of suicide. My wife, Jean, who was also part of our program, overcame her brother’s death by suicide.
A death by suicide is sudden, often unexpected, and violent, factors that increase the level of shock and trauma experienced by survivors, often leaving them in post-traumatic stress. Rita had difficulty getting out of bed for months, and full recovery took years.
He said, “Pain is hurting your soul. You can’t sleep. You can’t eat. You can hardly breathe. ”
Rita shared three important facts that helped her recover:
- Loss: If we are suffering a severe loss, we must face it at some point and decide if God is still good.
- Why ?: In the absence, the “Why, God?” or “Why me?” common questions. Survivors often question everything they believe.
- Answers: Having all the answers to the difficulty is never enough because there is not really adequate response.
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