Marriage & Family Therapist, Amberly Johnson, on accepting the suicide of a sibling through a compassionate mindset
Amberly Johnson is the oldest of five children and was particularly close to one of her brothers. They bonded over skateboarding, midnight snacks, and deep-thought conversations. But even so, she hadn’t known he was struggling with depression amid all their talks. He was 25 years old when he decided to complete suicide, leaving a pregnant wife and a heartbroken family. Now, over a decade later, Amberly is a marriage and family therapist who has grown to accept the tragic loss as she helps others. She shares the story, how her family came to terms, and how to continue on with compassion for yourself and others in difficult times.
Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.
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Published: Tuesday March 22, 2022