Christine talks with Kayla Stoecklein about her husband Andrew's death by suicide. Kayla shares about Andrew's battle with mental illness, how it affected their marriage and small children, and how it affected his job as pastor of a megachurch. Suicide is a subject we so rarely talk openly about, but Kayla decided immediately upon Andrew's death to talk about it. In this conversation, Kayla not only shares her grief, but she also shares how we can support our pastors, what she wants us to understand about suicide, and what she'd say to those who are caring for others with mental illness. Though this is a difficult topic, it's such an important one, and Kayla's bravely written a new book detailing Andrew's story called Fear Gone Wild.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
By Faith is produced by Jesse Werzinger
Music for By Faith was created by The Silver Pages
Artwork for By Faith was created by Reed Harmon
Published November 17, 2020