Finding the light in the darkness of loss

When tragedy happened, it changed me. I feel love deeper and more passionately. I feel more empowered than I have ever felt before.

None of this would have happened had I not lost my son, Charles. I would not have scripted it this way. Who would?

Little things don’t bother me as much. I’m a lot more forgiving and not at all judgmental. I accept people as they are. I notice and pay attention to others more. I feel more at peace. More comfortable with my emotions and those of others.

I could have chosen to be bitter, angry, mad, and resentful. Who would that have helped? Not that I have not had those feelings. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t. But they don’t dominate my life because I don’t let them. And they are summarily dismissed when they show up uninvited.

Transformation is the gift of grief. The secret to finding it is believing you will. And not feeling guilty about it.

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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