Grief and Life Events

Family weddings are wonderful. But all life events for those of us who’ve lost a child are bittersweet. It was so good to see all my family and had a great weekend in Charleston, SC with my mom, my first cousins with whom I grew up in Fayetteville, NC.

Do you want your child who died to be forgotten?

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.

8 thoughts on “Grief and Life Events”

  1. This message is needed everywhere.
    Too many just forget and walk away !
    I have my children read your posts. I tell my friends to talk out loud to the loss loved ones. Keep their memory alive in their lives.
    I do so much love your messages Anne Moss .

    By the way!!!

    I love how your blog /email request pops up each time I read a post,

    I look at your Charles and smile and say hello Charles 💛❤️💚💙💜..

    Got our shirts! Coming soon to a post for Charles and you and your family and the rest of the world!!!
    With so much LOVE

  2. Inspiring. I never met Charles. For that I am sorry. I feel I know him … however … and think of him often when my teenage son and his friends are hanging out … and especially when they are in my car and singing rap songs. Charles is on my mind a lot … and I have talked to my son Brian about Charles. They would have enjoyed meeting. I am aure of that. So Anne … if you are wondering how you are doing with keeping the memory of Charles alive … I would have to say you are doing well. You and Charles have changed my life. I am a champion for your cause. And you are my hero.

    1. Oh Barbara. Tears as I write this. Thank you. Some days I think, “People must be so freaking tired of me beating this same drum.” But I don’t want others to realize they missed signs. I am tired of all the silence and shame regarding what is a disease. I don’t want others to feel they are alone. And quite frankly, I don’t want to feel alone in this either. For so many years, it was so isolating and I thought I would implode. Your support really means a lot.

  3. It’s so hard, right? My sweetest niece got married 6 months after Whitten died. I had been looking forward to it for months before. It was a wonderful weekend, I got through it (although being way too drunk at times), but I was exhausted for days afterward.
    Do you do that after these things? It takes me days to recover and get going again.

    1. It’s been 2 years so I think I’m better prepared than I would have been even a year ago. But I do feel wiped out. Sort of spent. I wrote 4 chapters of my book if that tells you anything. After the wedding I had to encourage my Dad to sign a power of attorney. That was not easy either. But the event was beautiful. My emotions just stayed on the roller coaster.

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