photo by Heidi L. Paulec 2016
PERSPECTIVES: We can learn so much from one another as we sojourn horizons that both beckon and daunt us. While our general experiences may have general connections, the specificity of our experiences depends on our position, our perception, and how we filter it all. What is this all About? A longer version of the story can be found…
This grief journey led me back to our family. How do you navigate such a loss? When I nervously asked if they were willing, several vulnerably shared distinctly personal elements of grief, sadness, struggle through this heavy darkness. Each generation recognizing the varying social stigmas of suicide as well as the responses of their closest friends. I am supremely grateful for their honesty. While we share common relationships, every memory is profoundly unique to those who cycle through them; yet, our family’s openness to sharing weaved threads of bravery within me.
“While they spoke, I penned their words…and processed my own.”
– Heidi L. Paulec
When invited to participate in this perspective endeavor reflecting on Jamie’s life and subsequent suicide, most family members offered openness to share their story. However, most did not feel either capable or comfortable to write their own perspectives. Therefore, I sent surveys and conducted subsequent oral interviews from their responses. These were used to establish primary source material from which to write on their behalf in the first person. In each perspective, you can expect “Reflections on the Interview” and “Brief History.” Both sections are written in the third person. Then, the voice will shift to first person for their Perspective.
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“Our design… is only to discover how, perceiving a suffering world, and being assured, on quite different grounds, that God is good, we are to conceive that goodness and that suffering without contradiction.”
CS Lewis The Problem of Pain pg.27
1.) Our maternal Great-Grandparents, Philip & Ruth
2.) Our paternal Great-Grandmother, Hazel
3.) Our paternal Grandpa Darrell
4.) Our paternal Grandma Wanda
5.) Our maternal Grandma Phyllis
6.) Our maternal Grandpa Ken …
7.) Aunt Karen (Heidi’s Mom)
8.) Uncle Tim (Heidi’s Mom)
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