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I Understand

Pain, Love, and Healing After Suicide

Vonnie Woodrick



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William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
01 October 2020
Time doesn't heal-love heals When Vonnie Woodrick lost her husband Rob to suicide in 2003, she was faced with a series of decisions. How would she move on? How would she support and raise her three children as a young widow? How would she talk about Rob and honor his memory? These questions had no easy answers, but Vonnie found herself longing for one thing in particular: understanding. The stigma of mental illness loomed large over Rob's death and made healing difficult. But Vonnie found the common assumptions surrounding suicide to be false. Rob was not crazy. He did not choose to take his own life. He was in agony and only wanted the pain to end. His death was a direct result of his mental illness. Why didn't more people understand this? Over a decade later, Vonnie and her children created the nonprofit organisation i understand to help others enduring this same grief and loneliness. Since its founding in 2014, i understand has become a haven of compassionate comfort in the West Michigan region and a powerful voice in the movement to change the way we talk about suicide so that it can be seen for what it truly is: a terminal effect of mental illness, rather than a deliberate choice. This is the story of how love transformed Vonnie's brokenness into hope-not only for herself and her family, but for anyone struggling to emerge from the darkness of suicide.
By:   Vonnie Woodrick
Imprint:   William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780802878045
ISBN 10:   0802878040
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Vonnie Woodrick is the founder of i understand, a nonprofit organization created in 2014 in loving memory of her husband Rob, who lost his battle with depression in 2003. Woodrick is passionate about comforting those affected by suicide and changing the conversation around mental health. She has previously been published in Woman's World and is a monthly contributor to Women's Lifestyle Magazine.

Reviews for I Understand: Pain, Love, and Healing After Suicide

TESTIMONIALS IN SUPPORT OF WOODRICK'S ORGANIZATION Doug Meijer -- co-chair of the US supermarket chain Meijer Depression does not discriminate, yet it's one of those things that nobody wants to talk about. I'm proud to support i understand and bring this conversation to the forefront. Hope is a beautiful thing. Dr. Beth Kowal -- fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics The work that i understand is doing in the West Michigan community and beyond is truly making a difference, one life at a time.

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