Grateful Heart – #griefheart number 6

Grateful Heart
Grateful Heart

I had wondered at one point, “How do I show grateful heart?”

This group of friends added a bright spot to my life in my darkest hour. And they continue to do so. Before Charles died, they listened. Since his death, they listen.

You should see all the contortions we went through to get this right. We tried all kinds of complex moves. But in the end, simplicity won. This one in particular means a lot to me. The group effort a part of that love. 🙂 See the outtakes below.

There have been other special friends (BFFs) in my life both before Charles died and after. This one represents you, too even though your hand is not literally in the picture.

Martha, my life-long friend whose feet hit the floor the morning we were falling apart and knew to call me immediately because she had a “feeling”, to Stephanie that always had enough time to listen. Steve, with whom I started the conversation many years ago. To the friends like Wendy who helped us move when we were robots in grief. The group of friends who have been coming to Trees of Hope back when we had to beg for attendees. The rest of my book club girls who couldn’t be at this meeting. I have so many friends to be thankful for. So many I have not named here. You are amazing human beings.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

See all #griefhearts so far on pinterest or on the blog by #griefheart category.



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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

5 thoughts on “Grateful Heart – #griefheart number 6”

  1. It’s important to many that you continue this journey of expression. You’re good at and it provides reality checks for those of us across the country. I had a huge hole in my heart regarding our own addiction, overdoses and then jail with Chris and Mike. Charles unfortunately sticks with me as my own two do. I believe that we all do the best we can as parents. When we fall short, we have our group of confidants who just know. 13 months clean in our home now. Trust will come later with proof I guess. Peace, love and understanding to you, Randy, Richard and to the people who you are close to.

    1. You were one of the first people I confided in so that trust goes way back. Elated that yours are clean and we can only do the best we can.

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