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Candy Arrington

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Sometimes life can be really hard on you. Debts mount up, money runs out, you lose your job, you cannot handle day to day activities, you start doing drugs or drinking, there seems to be no way out. No way out except….suicide. Every 17 minutes, someone, somewhere commits suicide. For every completed suicide, there are twenty-five attempted suicides. It appears to them as the only way out. But one thing that they never think about is the people left behind: their loved ones, their spouses, children, parents and friends. They are the ones that have to deal with the grief, the unanswered questions. Even worse, they deal with the guilt that they should have noticed this, or recognized that and could have done something to stop it from happening. Listen to these stats: An estimated 750,000 suicide attempts annually affect the lives of millions of family members. The number of survivors grows 186,000 each year. For every suicide, at least six other people's lives are affected. The book we will be discussing today is called, “AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope and Healing in the Wake of Suicide”. It is a book that provides knowledge and resources for those left in the wake of suicide. Our guest today is a professional writer, member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and is on staff with The Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. You have heard her name before on our show as she co-wrote the book, “When Your Aging Parent Needs Care” which we spoke about with co-author Kim Atchley. The book was co-written by David Cox. It is our honor to welcome to our show Candy Arrington.

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