Love locks— #griefheart number 257

For several years now, love locks have been considered one of Cologne’s most charming traditions. As proof of their love, couples fix padlocks to the railings on the Hohenzollern Bridge; to ensure everlasting love, they then throw the key into the Rhein river below.

The padlocks collectively weigh over 2 tons. And if you think this picture is a lot, you should see the other side. There is no room at all on the other side of the bridge.

We were in Cologne (known as Köln to the locals and to me) on a Rhein River Cruise and I had to go up and see these locks. For obvious reasons. It’s about love and commitment. Not death. But the fact that these are on a bridge and they represent hearts and love, I couldn’t resist making it part of the #griefheart project. I was rushing back to the ship when I took this photo so no time to make a padlock for Charles. So I “borrowed” the one above for this project.

I do so miss my boy this week. How he loved new adventures. When on deck I couldn’t help but think of his curly hair blowing in the wind like it used to at the beach. Such a beautiful head of curly hair he had. I miss those curls. I miss his heart.

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Love Locks in Cologne (Köln)

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 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.

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