I am a business owner, marketing expert, writer and public speaker who raised two sons, Richard, the oldest and Charles, the youngest. For too many years I suffered in silence. I will never do that again. That’s why annemoss.com is unedited and emotionally naked.
The site is focused on my grief journey and all the taboo subjects no one talks about: mental illness, addiction, suicide.
I do so in memory of my son Charles Aubrey Rogers who died by suicide June 5, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. He suffered from depression and ultimately addiction and it was a death by hanging.
Nothing can fix or wipe grief away. You simply have to take the journey. I have found that writing and talking about it helps relieve some of the pain even though the actual talking and writing part can be painful and sometimes agonizing. But you just have to go with it and there is a release to it.
I am finding my own peace and I strive to find hope and joy in the face of the most devastating loss of my life. And I share these pages because many of you are not living in lollipop land with shiny faces and perfect families.
You are not alone. You are part of this family and part of this work. Your comments and notes to me often become topics because what you have to say is important. I want to hear from you. I want you to share your pain and your losses, your stories and how you have coped.
I can’t do this alone. It’s the sharing from supporters like you that has made a difference. It’s a team effort. Just know that judgment doesn’t live here.
Currently Member of: SAFE Heroin Task Force, Beacon Tree Foundation President, volunteer at the VA chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Chesterfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Richmond American Marketing Association, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce
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