"When you've finally been listened to, that's when you become real to the world, that's when you grow."
- James, Brave Faces Portrait Gallery


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Susan Guiton - Brave Faces Portrait Gallery

"When I read my nephew's obituary, I learned 'suicide' was a dirty word."


"Steven was my 19-year-old nephew. He was tall, handsome, and athletic. On December 6, 2011, he told his mother he loved her, and left to propose to his girlfriend. She said yes. Later that night he committed suicide."


Listen to Susan explain why we need to stop treating suicide like a dirty word.



"The obituary said he 'died at home.' I realized then that suicide was a dirty word. We have to stop shoving it under the rug. There are more teenagers contemplating suicide, and the stigma can be a big hurdle."

Listen to Susan talk about Steven's struggles to become an adult.



"Dealing with Steven's death was horrific. The ripple effects were staggering. The biggest grief I had was watching my family all die that day. It was terrifying because it was like they were drained of life."


"I think things get better by not being afraid of talking about our wonderful memories of Steven, laughing as a family, crying, and from that you can find hope."


"I think tears are very healing. If we shove it inside and pretend it isn't there, we will never heal. I still cry, 10 years after Steven's death, and every time I feel good after I've done it."


"I know this photo is eerie. It represents death, but as I stood there I saw green leaves coming out. It represents a new life. Even with a suicide there is always life with death. And with life there's hope."

Listen to Susan explain how hope grows from pain.



"This fall, my niece Gracie, Steven's sister, had her first baby with her husband, a little boy. My sister sobbed in the delivery room. It was the most wonderful feeling ever. I think good things are going to come from this."

Listen to Susan share about how her family is recovering from tragedy.



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