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The Leftover Pieces; Suicide Loss Conversations

Melissa Bottorff-Arey

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Listen to conversations of loss and grief after suicide. This podcast is about surviving life after suicide loss which nothing short of a wasteland of the leftover pieces of your shattered heart. As the host, Melissa, a mother who lost her 21-year old son Alex to suicide in 2016, has real conversations with other loss survivors, healers and mental health experts. There are also shorter. solo episodes where she shares her own thoughts & experiences in this journey so far. She explores relevant topics and asks the hard questions we all need to talk about and hear answers to. Nothing is 'off limit' as she delves into all areas of this grief such as trauma, hope, healing, self-care, & stigma. Melissa believes that we learn to live alongside our grief, not get over it. Only through real, meaningful connection and mindful choices can we make a difference. For a supporter, or educator, these conversations hold nuggets of awareness and shine a spotlight on suicide and grief in a real, and unapologetic, way. As a suicide loss griever, one can find the comfort of a community, and hope for a little brighter tomorrow. Melissa wants to help others, like herself, go from surviving to finding a life with meaning, maybe even happiness, amid their own leftover pieces.

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