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I want my child’s life to have counted for something

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That’s why I talk about Charles. That’s why I wrote a book, started this blog, speak to groups, and give back. Because I want my youngest child’s life to have meant something.

That feeling that he didn’t really get to accomplish what he wanted and that I didn’t get to see him reach his goals leaves me feeling unfulfilled.

He wanted to be famous for his music. He definitely had the talent and gifts. I can’t be sure he could have survived the climb but I would have liked to have seen him soak up some notoriety.

And yeah I wanted that sense of pride. We all do as parents don’t we?

There is also the underlying feeling that for him to count I need to accomplish certain things. What if I fail? What if I go before I reach mine and his goals?

That’s part of my own struggle. There have been so many roadblocks along the way I’ve wondered if the universe is telling me something.

I knew this would never be easy. But sometimes I do wish it wasn’t so hard.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

4 thoughts on “I want my child’s life to have counted for something”

  1. Oh Anne, I so understand this. It’s heartbreaking and for me causes a sense of desperation. You’ve done so much Anne to make Charles recognized! Not the way he or you would have hoped. 💔. I wanted that for Jill too. I don’t think she would have been able to make the climb fully either. I know her talent was recognized by those she did meet and those who loved her.
    I wish carrying on your goal was easier. You’ve done amazing things! Please know how much you’re appreciated and loved!

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