Grieving Beauty – #griefheart number 37

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Grieving Beauty

“Weave the unveiling fabric of God’s word through your heart and mind. It will hold strong, even if the rest of life unravels.” –Gigi Graham Tchividjian

quote-leftWhen I lost my brother, Matt Geary, to suicide four years ago, it felt like life had unraveled.

The grief process has been like a long string of anger, resentment and hurt all jumbled up and knotted together. Hard to sort out like a ball of string.

But as years have passed, I have learned that you can knit something beautiful out of the passing of a loved one. The perspective that you receive and the gifts of love, support and friendship can shape your heart into something beautiful which allows you to move past the negative feelings into feelings of love and eventually joy. Joy for your loved one’s life and for their presence even in death.
—by Shannon Geary Weisleder

This #griefheart is dedicated to Matt Geary who died by suicide in January of 2012. He was a prominent attorney running for office who withdrew from candidacy. He had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder not long before his very public suicide.

Shannon is an active mental health and suicide prevention advocate. She heads up the Matthew Patrick Geary Trust and is the Virginia Chapter representative for the AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, leading the effort to change legislation as it pertains to mental illness in Virginia.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

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

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, 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. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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