Friends speaking at Charles’ memorial service Part 1

It took me one year and a month to post these. Thank you Wendy Holt for grabbing a camera that day and filming or I wouldn’t have them. My brain was still too fried and in shock to think of anything other than trying to make it through the day.

People gathered around Charles like a moth to a flame. I feel like I lost a son and I feel like I have lost Elvis. He was that on-the-spot talented. He could make up a rap song in an instant to cheer someone up or a joke that would bring you to tears it was so funny. So surprising that someone who spread so much joy suffered so much and died by suicide.

I have not watched them since the service. Too heartbreaking. But I have now and they are so special. As Charles said in one of his songs, “So may tears, I could sit in a bath.”

Kevin was first and the idea to video had not occurred to us so not all of his is recorded. I’m not complaining.

I will post Part 2 tomorrow.

Kevin McGrath

From Kevin, “I don’t think I’m ever going to meet a person like him again.” The song Kevin references by Jay Skinner is here.

Ceanna Fisher

Junior mints and movies.

Alex Morganti

Picking up my new friend Charles, dressed as a dragon.

Robert Moss

“One of the most eccentric people I ever knew and the most talented. His love and compassion for his family, friends and music is unmatched.”

Daniel Latham

Inviting himself over.

Sam Smith

“Everyone was always so fascinated by him…One of the most caring people I ever met.” Charles and the broken nose.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Friends speaking at Charles’ memorial service Part 1”

  1. Thank you AM for opening the door to your broken yet selfless heart. For allowing all of us in to your pain, joy and memories. For those of us who have come to know you because of your voice, your advocacy , your efforts , your help, your support, we thank you. Thank you for sharing your precious Charles with each and every one of us. You breathe life into his legacy and his spirit and his beautiful soul shines through your message and your hard work to help others. The messages by the young people in particular are so profoundly touching on these videos.

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