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Resource: DVD (DV1599) Reclaiming Life: Faith, Hope, and Suicide Loss     
Author: Warren, Kay; Rolheiser, Ronald; Antus, Marjorie
Publisher: Paraclete Press, 2018
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Length: 90 mins
Subjects: Depression; Faith ; Grief; Mental Health; Suicide
# Copies: 1
ISBN/ISSN: 9781640600638
 Description: “There is no private hell, no depression, no sickness, no fear, and even no bit-terness so deep or so enclosed that God’s love cannot descend into it. There are no locked doors through which Christ cannot go.” —Ronald Rolheiser

Each year, over one million people end their lives by suicide. All death unsettles us, but suicide causes a very distinct set of emotional, moral, and religious scars. It brings with it an ache, a chaos, a darkness, a stigma that only one who has survived it can understand. Through powerful first-hand experience, this video offers hope to those who have experienced suicide loss. Among the ideas presented are:

• The realization that you cannot keep suffering from your door;
• The survivor’s self-doubt of “what if….’
• The need to get to the point where the survivor acknowledges, “I did the best I could;
• The acknowledgement that everyone experiences it differently, depending on “where you are seated on the bus.”

Moving beyond understanding into helping those who have lost someone to suicide, the seven sessions include:

1) Reclaiming Life (12 min)
2) Too Bruised to be Touched (10 min)
3) You’re Not the Powerful (12 min)
4) All Will be Well (16 min)
5) Raised in Strength (10 min)
6) It Will be Good Again (12 min)
7) Peace be with You (18 min)

NOTE: Though the resource is listed as appropriate for high school-adult, it might also work for junior high age youth who are going through a post-suicide experience.

The three presenters are:

• RONALD ROLHEISER, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a bestselling author, and writes a weekly column carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide.

• KAY WARREN, co-founder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher. She is best known as a tireless advocate for people living with mental illness, HIV & AIDS, and the vulnerable children left behind. Kay is also an Executive Committee Board Member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew, who is in Heaven, and she has five grandchildren.

• MARJORIE ANTUS is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, as a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel community in Washington, DC. She is pres-ident of her local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Marjorie lives in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband, John, and their son, John Paul.

▪ 14-page booklet – Caring for Survivors of Suicide and Loss: Recommendations for Clergy, Counselors, and Other Community Leaders
▪ information card – National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention card: Responding to a member who may be at risk for suicide
Age Groups: Junior High; Senior High; Young Adult; Adult

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