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|Title: I Understand: Pain, Love, and Healing after Suicide|
By: Vonnie Woodrick
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW878045
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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 Robs 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 didnt more people understand this?
Over a decade later, Vonnie and her children created the nonprofit organization 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 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 Vonnies brokenness into hopenot only for herself and her family, but for anyone struggling to emerge from the darkness of suicide.
Olympic champion figure skater
"Vonnie is an inspiration to anyone who knows her, and this book is the latest example of her heart, passion for others, and important work involving mental illness and dealing with the loss of love ones as a result of it. Her openness in sharing her personal story is a selfless act which promotes understanding of a completely misunderstood topic. She has changed the conversation in an important way, and this book is a great example of her tireless efforts to do so."
fashion designer and founder of the evening wear line Pamella Roland
"For herself and her amazing family, Vonnie has taken the time to write down the story of her life and her lifes mission to make a difference in the world of mental illness and suicide with her organization, i understand, and in doing so she gives us all reason to step up and be honest about the families we come from. Not all of us have suicide or depression or even mental illness in our lives, but I can almost guarantee that there is some secret story about our past that we allow to define us. This book is an invitation to be brave enough to share our demons with others, so that we can let them go."
from the foreword