Wish list


I wish I could have one more hug.

I wish I had known that phone call was my last.

I wish Charles had not died by suicide.

I wish my dreams of his future had not been shattered.

I wish I was not staring at an empty seat at our holiday table.

I wish I had a my own dream of Jeanie.

But I am thankful, too.

Thankful I stayed home with my children and I have those memories.

Thankful that I have the love and support that I do.

Thankful Charles was part of my life.

Thankful for what the experience has taught me.

Thankful I have the opportunity to carry on my son’s legacy.

Thankful I still have faith some wishes can come true.

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A letter I wrote Charles in 1999 that was opened in 2010


Author: Anne Moss Rogers

I am the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am President of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health as well as a writer and public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. I was a marketing professional for years prior to losing my son and co-owned a digital marketing firm.

2 thoughts on “Wish list”

  1. Rough day for you I know. Feel blessed to have your own special Angel watching over you. Feel blessed for the inspiration and movement you have created. It’s a double edged sword, I know, but your blog was spot on and you have so many friends new and old alike who are supporting you always. 😊😇

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