**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this episode, I’m joined by Hannah Mac, who is 20 years old from Michigan and is currently in her second year of college, studying to be an elementary art teacher. 

We’re talking about the tragic death of Hannah’s sister, Leah, who died by suicide when she was only 16 years old. 

As you’ll hear in our conversation, Leah was so much more than Hannah’s sister – she was her best friend. Hannah recalls how she has never felt that level of comfort and closeness with anyone she’s ever met, not even with her significant other. 

Listen in as we talk about:

  • Their close-knit relationship, struggles with mental health, and suicide attempts
  • How their family dynamic has changed since her sister’s death
  • The ways in which people grieve differently 
  • Navigating the guilt associated with Leah’s death
  • What self-love looks like during grieving

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