Michelle L. Rusk

Michelle L. Rusk

Michelle Linn-Rusk, Ph.D., Past President of the American Association of Suicidology, has spent the past twenty years educating people worldwide about coping with loss and change following the suicide of her younger sister. Her eighth book, Conversations with the Water: A Memoir of Cultivating Hope, chronicles her grief journey as she moves forward beyond the suicide and loss field. Her first book, based on Denise’s suicide, Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, inspired siblings around the world in their survival after a loved one’s suicide. She writes the weekly Good Causes column for The Naperville Sun newspaper and helps people accomplish their goals through her life coaching practice. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/14201/michelle-linn-gust-surviving-the-death-by-suicide-of-a-sibling

Articles:

When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

In the initial months and years after my sister Denise died by suicide (just two weeks before her 18th birthday), I sought out as much information on sibling loss as […]

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Farrah, Michael, Bonnie, and Denise

By Michelle Linn-Gust — When I found out that Farrah Fawcett had anal cancer, I was taken back to the cancer of my friend, Bonnie, who died 3 1/2 years […]

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Struggling to Survive Brother’s Suicide

Janet writes in: I, along with my sister and now deceased brother, have always suffered from mental illness —  hereditary-based and environmental. We grew-up in an immensely dysfunctional home, with […]

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When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

Writer Michelle Linn-Gust shares her journey of coming to terms with the suicide of her sister

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