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Letter to the Editor: Suicide survivors

November 1, 2013
Robyn Plocher - Dike, Iowa , Traer Star-Clipper

Dear Editor,

Each day in the U.S. approximately 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with "Why?"

Too often survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved ones is somehow shameful or that they or their family are to blame. But research shows that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying, although not always diagnosed, psychiatric illness at the time of their death, most often depression.

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for survivors. To help, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held on Saturday, November 23rd in more than 300 cities around the world, including in Grundy County. Those left behind to struggle with all the "Whys?" following a death by suicide are invited to Engelkes-Abels Dike Funeral Chapel, 680 Main Street, Dike, Iowa on that day. Check-in will begin at 12:30 with program to start at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 319.830.4333.


Robyn J. Plocher, AfterCare Specialist

Abels & French-Hand Funeral Homes

Dike, Iowa



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