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.

Outtakes

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. 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.

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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