i understand – pain, love and healing after suicide
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-*When Vonnie Woodrick lost her Husband Rob to suicide in 2003, she found herself longing for one thing in particular – understanding. The stigma of mental illness loomed large one Rob’s death and made healing difficult. Vonnie however, found the common assumptions surrounding suicide to be false. Rob was not ‘crazy’. He did not choose to take his own life. He was in agony and only wanted the pain to end. Why didn’t more people understand?
This is the story of how loved transformed Vonnie’s brokenness into hope – not only for herself and her family, but for anyone struggling from the darkness of suicide.
*excerpt from the book
“This book is an invitation to be brave enough to share our demons with others, so that we can let them go” – Mariel Hemingway
‘Be the One’ Podcast with Vonnie and Aaron
A moment of serendipity in the universe brought these people together. They each have a passion for mental illness awareness. ‘Be The One’ is a podcast with message for those who are hurting, and also for people who are supporting others on a journey toward healing. Join the conversation on the ‘Be the One’ podcast!
Listen here: https://iunderstandloveheals.org/podcast
Words on Bathroom Walls Movie hosted by
November 12th – 6:30pm
Celebration Cinema Rivertown
Diagnosed with a mental illness halfway through his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate. She inspires him to open his heart and shows support through his journey. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Julia Walton.
Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Victim Service Unit Partnership
i understand is proud to sponsor the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Victim Service Units. The non-profit understands that these volunteers have a very difficult job…visiting those who have experienced the devastation of losing a loved one to suicide. i understand applauds their courage and compassion displayed during their selfless work. i understand provided Courage and Compassion Recognition Certificates to all Advocates within the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association 52 units throughout the state.
Each Advocate also received a ‘tool kit’ that includes the book i understand pain, love and healing after suicide by Vonnie Woodrick, founder of i understand, an info card, help card and bookmark. More than 2,500 ‘Be the One’ bags have been distributed by i understand to the Victim Service Units for advocates to gift to families they encounter.
“I have been an Advocate for almost 20 years, I’ve responded to more suicide calls than I care to count; by far the toughest call to go on. I wish I had read Vonnie’s book 20 years ago.” – Pattie Thayer VSU Coordinator