Sunday, March 8, 2015

Guest Blogger Jean Ann Williams: God’s Mercies after Suicide

I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE JEAN ANN WILLIAMS, one of those dear friends I’ve never met. Jean and I have ‘known’ each other for a number of years. I’ve prayed both WITH and FOR her through these years as she dealt with her son’s suicide. I can in no way imagine the grief she endured. Her book, GOD’S MERCIES AFTER SUICIDE takes us through the grieving process, and the long, slow road to healing. Please read the following introduction to her story, and mark your calendars to watch for each thrice-weekly installment as Jean chronicles her experience.

Thank you.

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God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart will be released at my Love Truth blog in installments on March 16, 2015.

I’ll post three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There are three parts to each chapter, the devotions, My Mother Memories, and a journal page for the reader.

Until the book comes out in print you could journal on your own, using the suggested headings as shown below:

  • ~Your Mother Memories~

  • ~Your Prayer of Praise~

  • ~A Scripture of Encouragement~


On March 16, 2015, it will be eleven years since my son left his family and friends with our grief, questions, and the memories of him.

“When our children die, we want their lives to have mattered. We long for the world to know they were here.”

—Jean Ann Williams


Description


God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart is a devotional of two hundred and nineteen pages–30,000 words– and is intended for mothers who’ve lost children to suicide. This book is a friendly, approachable, inviting book that helps mothers feel welcome and at ease to allow them a peaceful time to reflect on their loss and the child they miss. Each chapter has three sections. The devotional begins with Scripture and where the author tells the story of her loss and then ends in a prayer. The second part is of the author’s anecdotes and memories of her son. They are short and sweet, with a dramatic style rather than a how-to. The author reenacts moments in her child’s life and recalls how she felt to see the different stages of growth and challenges he faced in life. The concluding part to each chapter is a journal page for the readers to write their memories of their child. It allows them space for both memories and grieving, a prayer of praise, and a Scripture of encouragement.

When a mother has lost a child, there are times when it’s hard to mingle with other people. Each God’s Mercies after Suicide chapter can be read and journeyed in within the privacy of a mother’s home, giving her a bit of hope and rest for another day. The book is distinctive in that it combines coping with the pain of loss while encouraging mothers to search for their own blessings. The book reaches out from its pages and wraps mothers in the warmth and love of their heavenly Father.

It has been stated by sufferers of loss to suicide that the topic of suicide is taboo, and that the survivors feel they’ve been isolated from the normal hum of life. In truth, the ones left behind after the suicide do have a valid point. Included in the preface of the book is this paragraph: “I’ve written these devotions for those mothers who have shared the deep heartache of a child’s suicide. Through my writing, I believe God wants me to share from my heart to theirs, by encouraging them and giving them ways to cope. Mothers can have hope and a due measure of peace after a suicide. God has helped me, and He wants to help other mothers. The loss is horrific, but God is faithful. He brought me through this dark time, and He wants to do the same for all mothers.”

Mothers of loss from suicide face separate concerns—concerns that are not taught nor thought about when they become parents. No one wants to consider that they’ll give birth to a child who could die by suicide. The mothers who endure this type of pain need a resource that considers their exclusive struggles and offers honest help from one mother to another—not in a step-by-step format but in story form, which draws the reader into a world they may know all too well.

 

PREFACE

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.


Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth,


do you not perceive it?


—Isaiah 43:18-19


I had a dream. I dreamed the nightmare never happened. Our son Joshua never passed on to the hereafter. He married and had children. Then I woke, and knew the dream was only that—a dream. We live with our reality.

I’ve written these devotions for those of you who have shared the deep heartache of a child’s suicide. Through my writing, I believe God wants me to share from my heart to yours, by encouraging you and giving you ways to cope. You can have hope and peace after a suicide. God has helped me and He wants to help you. The loss is horrific, but God is faithful. He brought me through this dark time, and He wants to do the same for you.

A yearning to write this story came five years into my journey of loss. I sensed a dawn of courage within myself, but I haven’t come this far in a blink, nor on my own. Although I knew I’d lose my nerve, only to gain it back time and again before I completed my story, I also knew I’d have the help from Lord God, and the folks He sends my way.

Am I full of courage? Yes! Yes, I shout, with God’s hand upon me.

God, when I falter, I pray You will renew my strength. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

First Book Signing GP2Jean Williams Short Bio

Jean Ann Williams lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Jim. Although one of their children has passed on to the Great Beyond, their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their Baker’s Dozen. To learn more about Jean Ann Williams visit her on Face Book, Twitter, and her blogs Love Truth and Jean Ann Williams: Author.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you, again, Peg, for featuring my book on your Whispers in Purple. Who ever believes people can't be true friends and have never met, have never seen the power of Christ fully at work. God bless you, dear friend!

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  2. Peggy Blann PhiferMarch 10, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    My pleasure, Jean, Though I have never been in your shoes, I have lost loved ones. I will be following your posts as you tell your story over the coming weeks. And I will post a reminder on Whispers in Purple next Monday. Hugs!

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