It’s messages like these that keep me going

Picture courtesy of my brother Gene from whose Facebook page I snagged it

You all have no idea how deeply appreciative and honored I am that you share your stories and messages with me. All of you inspire me. Becca, you’ve inspired me. Thank you –Anne Moss

Dear Mrs. Rogers-

I had no idea how to start this e-mail as I feel like I’m writing a lifelong friend

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What do you say to parents who’ve just lost a child?

You have no idea what to say. Will talking about their child make it worse? Will it trigger more grief?

No. Because we think about the one we lost every day till the day we die. It changes over time. But we never, ever forget for even one day.

If that parent lost a child to suicide or drug overdose

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Overdose Grief Video

One of the readers here, Gina Hollenweger, posted this video on my Facebook page in response to post about refusing to bury my son’s memory.

None of our sons and daughters are immune to this epidemic.  They touch on so many of the emotions you can expect and it is worth watching. I will make

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Oranges are hilarious

Charles is not pictured in this video but he is filming it at the Family School, the therapeutic boarding school he attended in upstate New York. A lot of students from this school have died from suicide (my son), overdose, accident related to drugs/alcohol. Too many.

The young man they are tickling

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I refuse to bury my son’s memory

There are days that I realize, I’m “that” mother–the one whose child killed himself. I can’t slip out of my skin and be somewhere else or someone else, I have to face this head on.

The truth is, while I can’t avoid it, others can.

It’s how others react

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Make the memorial service for a child meaningful

This is not the service anyone wants to plan. But when you have to, it’s nice to have some ideas that you know meant something to a mom who has suffered the loss of a child. I’ve been asked this enough, it’s time I wrote a post about it.

You want to know how you can help? So here’s how

I was so overwhelmed by my son’s suicide, that

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