Sister-in-law Heart— #griefheart number 276

Sister-in-law heart

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and my sister-in-law, Jenny, with her daughter-in-law Sam (my niece by marriage), are preparing their football feast. This deviation of nature, a red potato no less, was going to be sacrificed for potato salad. And Jenny rocks at potato salad. But no! Samantha to the rescue! Not this precious baby. It needed to be held on this pedestal as a symbol for the #griefheart project in memory of my son, Charles.

So Sam dove in and rescued the potato from his fate before a single mark could be made on it’s precious surface. And then she told our story because she has the guts to start a conversation about all the things our culture doesn’t want to talk about.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here. Contact me if you want to honor and remember your loved one who died by suicide or from addiction.

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


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 “Sister-in-law Heart— #griefheart number 276”

  1. Dear Anne Moss, another very good friend, one of my best friends, lost her 22 year old son to suicide Sunday night. As devastated as we all are, I have learned so much from you. Sharing your grief has helped me understand the raw and gut wrenching pain like no other. You have helped me talk about addiction and suicide. I am one of your little soldiers doing my best to stop the stigma regarding suicide, addiction and mental illness. You and Charles are making such a difference when nobody else would. Thank you! I cannot believe I am going to my 4th funeral in 4 years for another young man gone way too soon..

    1. Kelly. Thanks so much for being part of the tribe and helping our grassroots effort. I am so sorry your friend has to go through this pain. Too many funerals. We let things get swept under the rug way too long.

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