By Michelle Linn-Gust —

In the last few years, I have come to realize that my bond to my sister is much stronger than it ever was. I have a strong sense of her being with me, helping me to navigate life, and sharing both the highs and lows that we all experience. We all have this opportunity to feel our loved ones with us if we choose to. They send us signs although we need to be tuned into them to see them. In this new year, I hope to help more people realize that their loves ones are with them and that they have an opportunity to receive signs and help as they continue to forge through life. When a loved one dies, his or her life has not ended, rather it has changed. They remain with us and want to share our experiences with us.

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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.

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