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Apr 13, 2021

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding" --Kahlil Gibran

Left Behind: Surviving Suicide Loss

In the spring of 2017, Nandini Murali, a South Indian journalist and author, returned from an out-of-town assignment to an eerily quiet home. Typically, her husband would greet her at the front door, but that morning he hadn't answered her phone calls. It was Nandini who discovered his body, and confronted an unfathomable reality. T.R. Murali, one of the most prominent urologists in India, and her beloved husband of 33 years, had ended his own life. "Space dissolved," writes Nandini, of that moment. "Time stood still. The axis of my life heaved, cracked and split." On the first anniversary of her husband's death, Nandini launched SPEAK (Suicide Prevention Postvention Education Awareness Knowledge). SPEAK seeks to cultivate awareness instead of stigma, and to break the taboos, shame, and secrecy around suicide through public campaigns and sensitization. Through SPEAK, Nandini has mobilized social support for prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts in India and beyond.In the course of these efforts, her searing personal grief has shape-shifted into deeply activated compassion and powerful clarity of purpose.Read an excerpt from her new book, "Left Behind: Surviving Suicide Loss."


Join this Saturday's Awakin Call with Nandini Murali, "Owning Our Stories: Breaking the Silence Around Suicide to Heal Self & Society." More details and RSVP info here. More ...