Thanksgiving memories

Charles, who died by suicide; me; Richard, my oldest

This photo is from Thanksgiving in 2013. I have fond memories of this family get together.

This year, one is in LA for Thanksgiving and the other in heaven. Every holiday, is a harsh reminder of who’s missing.

Thinking of all of you today.

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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.

12 thoughts on “Thanksgiving memories”

  1. Sending love and grace to you and the many other mommas missing someone today. No matter how far along in our grief journeys, holidays are still hard. Missing my boy extra today too. 💙

  2. Anne Moss, that picture is a treasure. I’m sorry you can’t be with your guys on the holiday. I know you miss them both dearly, yet differently. Sending love and prayers as you navigate the holidays. ❤️

  3. It’s rough when the best things, Holidays, Vacations and Celebrations always carry that sadness. I have been feeling very melancholy all week realizing how many Thanksgivings we spend visiting Daniel at a recovery house or at a jail prior to his death in 2014. The last great Thanksgiving with family was 2011, in between rehabs. I have a great picture of all the cousins together on Daniels page.

  4. Hi Anne. The picture breaks my heart! This is my first Thanksgiving without my firstborn son, who died by suicide. We had 3 boys and now there are 2, and the whole world seems wrong!

    Sending you love, mom to mom.

    1. Those firsts are so brutal Robin. And I get what you mean about the shrunken family. When I get a picture of all three of us sometimes I have the urge to order a retake because there has been an error.

  5. You look very pretty between your boys. Happy Thanksgiving and we are all thankful for your words of wisdom, inspiration and encouragement.

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