You don’t want to imagine

No one wants to truly imagine what it’s like to lose a child to suicide. Or lose a child at all.

I remember there was a moment when Charles was alive when I wondered what my life would be like without him. I just could not imagine. But I was trying because I was worried that he might die.

Can you prepare yourself for that?

The answer is no.

I don’t want you to imagine if you’ve not been through this. I’m going to bet the other parents who have suffered this loss don’t want you too, either. There’s no way you could anyway.

No. Way. Ever.

The purpose of what I do is not to make you imagine my grief. What I do want is for people to know the signs of suicide. To be there for someone else.

I want it to become mainstream conversation. For it to be a topic that is less taboo than it is now. If it’s less taboo, those suffering might be more apt to ask for help.

Bottom line? If you feel uncomfortable, then you need to ask questions. You need to stop and listen. That uncomfortable feeling is telling you not to walk away.

So resist the urge. Because some of the best opportunities for personal growth happen outside your comfort zone.

Did Charles show warning signs for teen suicide?

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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.

2 thoughts on “You don’t want to imagine”

    1. You know what? No one is asking how the kids cope? I can write about that Gray. It’s a good topic. Unless you want to do the honors. I get asked simply because I have this blog. But there are still a few that have never asked that. People I would have expected to.

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