Today we welcome Crystal Partney, who, the day before her 32nd birthday in 2019, received the devastating news that her sister had taken her own life.
After this tragedy, Crystal needed the steps to begin the healing process. She discovered that the first 30 days are often the most critical steps for healing after suicide.
Knowing how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one, Crystal decided that she would help others mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide and give hope to those who may be in a place of darkness and need a helping hand.
Crystal’s heartfelt mission is to help bring hope to others experiencing moments of darkness. She wants you to know that you are not alone in your struggles, that there is light, that you are loved, and that you matter!
*** As a warning, this episode discusses suicide, so if you are feeling vulnerable, please consult with a doctor or mental health professional. Or call one of the Suicide Prevention numbers listed below in the resources.
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:
Who is Crystal Partney
The loss of her sister
Her sister’s circumstances
There were warning signs
Reaching out and seeking help
Graduating college despite her loss
The prompting on her heart
The companies she started
The subscription boxes
The inclusion of journals
How journaling has helped Crystal
Have the difficult conversations
Feeling their presence after death
What Crystal is grateful for
11:15 – “Whenever she experiences a tragedy in her life, she’s gonna remember this moment and say, well, how did mom handle this? And so I just took the time, and throughout that year, I was just processing and healing and grieving the loss of my sister”.
20:21 – “Let’s have the conversation now. And be open to it even though we’re scared, even though we don’t know what or how the other person will respond to the fact that we’re even able to have that conversation.”
27:19 – “Immediately, this whisper said, ‘Crystal, we’re here. We’re just not in the form you want us to be.’ And I was like, you’re right, which brought me so much peace. Because just like we’ve been talking about, they’re still present. They’re still here.”
Distress Center – 24-hour crisis line 403-266 – HELP (4357)
Crisis Services Canada – text or call – 833-456-4566 or text 45645
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (in the US) : 1-800-273-8255
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