Smile Again: A Suicide Loss Healing Gallery.

In Loving Memory of My Brother
Ivan Gregory Mikulić
5 January 1968 – 28 October 2014

This series of photos were taken in early 2015, several months after my Brother ended his own life.

That hit me hard.

After a seriously bad week I promised my older Sister that I would smile again, just for her.

And so for a month and a half I took a photo of something that had a smile in it to try and find my own smile again … some of these photos are pure kitsch … I even painted a great big ruddy smilie face on my living room wall as a constant reminder!

All the photos then had multiple filters run over them in an iOS® photography app for iPad® called BeFunky®.

Today, 29 April 2020, a little over five and a half years later, the pain is no longer what it was albeit my Brother’s presence is still deeply missed.

 

This gallery is being shared for anyone who needs inspiration to start smiling again after a suicide loss.

The taboo around talking about suicide grief needs to be broken.

If you too have lost someone to suicide all my love goes to you. The pain will lessen in its severity, just give yourself time.

 

 

If you have a loved one, including yourself!,
that you are concerned about,
please reach out for advice and support.

 

Suicide Prevention Resources:

Social Media hashtags: #ItsNotWeakToSpeak  #ItAintWeakToSpeak

Australian Department of Health: Suicide Prevention in Australia

Lifeline Australia: Ph. 131114 Lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service Ph. 1300 659 467 SuicideCallBackService.org.au

MensLine Australia: Ph. 1300 789 978 MensLine.org.au