The Healing Place Podcast: Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, D.A.A.E.T.S. – How to Help Suicide Loss Survivors & the Traumatic Impact of Suicide

It was a pleasure to have Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, D.A.A. E.T. S. join me on The Healing Place Podcast to address the impact of suicide and the hope found within post-traumatic growth. Please join us as we discuss:

  • Barbara’s personal story of suicide loss
  • how to help suicide loss survivors
  • Thanatology
  • suicide survivor grief
  • the impact of traumatic loss
  • her book “But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide”
  • post-traumatic growth
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:“Today, we welcome BARBARA RUBEL, who is joining us to discuss HOW TO HELP SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVORS. Have you personally been touched by suicide? Do you know someone who had a loved one die because they took their own life? Or are you a professional who wants to provide support to a suicide loss survivor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you.  Barbara Rubel is a suicide loss survivor and leading thanatologist. Thanatology is the scientific study of death. As a thanatologist, Barbara Rubel specializes in suicide loss survivor grief and educating professionals about traumatic loss. The third updated and revised edition of her book, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping families after a suicide, just launched on Amazon.”Postvention Resources


NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Third edition of But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping FAMILIES After a Suicide (3rd ed.) is now available**If you’d like to leave a review on line, I would be very grateful** 


Learn more about Barbara and her mission at:

Peace to you all!


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The Healing Place Podcast Interview: Stephanie and Emma Potter – Suicide Awareness

Episode 26: Suicide Awareness

During this podcast, I sat down with Stephanie Potter and her granddaughter, Emma, co-founders of the non-profit agency Rob’s Kids. The motto of this organization is:

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As described on their website:

“Over 98% of the funds we raise go directly to programs that promote and improve children’s mental health.  Programs we support include: Mentoring programs, after school programs, food assistance programs, scholarship programs, various community projects through out the year.”

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Therapy Dog, Sammie, mid-smooches with Emma Potter during podcast recording session

The traumatic impact of Emma’s father’s suicide on her older sister, Sam, resulted in her sister spending time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with a diagnosis of depression and also post-traumatic stress disorder.

Listen in on iTunesBlubrry, or directly from my website as Emma & Stephanie discuss Rob’s Kids, the impact of suicide on their lives, their healing journey thus far, art therapy, signs of depression, seeking help, their heroes, and so much more.

As I say in my podcast closings, “remember to be gentle with yourself.”

* Every few days I will be posting links to various episodes from The Healing Place Podcast from 2018 thus far. I am excited to have more therapists, trauma-gurus, and ACES experts lined up over the next few weeks for interviews. I would love to have YOU join me, as well. If you are interested, please send me a private messages through this site and I will send you my podcast interview questions for you to review.

I am a huge fan of lifting one another up as beacons of light for those who are struggling, looking for guidance, or lost in the dark. I would love to offer my podcast as a platform for your voice about your mission and passion. My goal is to provide motivational, inspirational, and healing stories for my listeners.