Zero Hour Radio show with Dave, Ginger and Anne Moss

Anne Moss Rogers, Ginger Germani, Dave Matthews and our WRIR Zero Hour host, Tim Bowring

58 minutes

Posted on SoundCloud (Charles’ account, actually). I suppose I should get my own account.

On a segment of WRIR Zero Hour, three parents who’ve lost a child to suicide talk about their grief after that event, what they want all of you to know, and how they’ve managed to move forward and process this loss years after the fact. The segment is about an hour. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-34-year-olds in the United States.

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Holiday Survival Tactics

by Jenny Derr

This will be our third Christmas without Billy.  Sadly, I know too many people who are in the same boat, or are about to go through their first season without a loved one. 

It has made me reflect back on how we got through, how we coped and came back up for air on the other side.  I thought maybe some of the things I did (and still do) to get through might help someone else. 

We lost Billy in April of 2016 at age 24.  Billy loved Christmas, our whole family does!  I used to … Read more...

I had fun this past weekend

It’s the holidays and I had fun. I had no expectation that it would be.

After Charles’ suicide, I focused more on friends and family and less on stuff and decorations. It’s the connections that I need. Not more stuff. In fact, I can’t help but look around and want to purge some stuff .

It’s nice to be invited to things again. Our social life had dwindled when Charles struggled with drugs and alcohol and then it died when he did. Of course, it did. I didn’t want to spend quite that much time with myself, though. … Read more...

No words to describe the grief

by Kerri Jenkins Rhodes

William “Taylor” Rhodes

There really are no words to describe the pain of losing a child.

To wake up each day and find a way to get through it, to find a purpose for the pain, a way to give all the love you want to give to your loved one and to others that need it.

To find a way to make a life for yourself with a huge part of your heart missing.

Unfortunately too many of us are in this awful club. We will all survive this because one day we will meet … Read more...

Grief Journey in a Jar for a friend who has lost a child

This is a free download for my subscribers only. If you are already subscribed, you’ll get this automatically in your inbox. It would be at the top of the email you got in your inbox today. If you are not a subscriber, then you will need to optin to get the free download.

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So what is Grief Journey in a Jar?

You find/buy a container such as a jar, bag, or box for small notes with grief tips and … Read more...

How do parents who’ve lost a child survive?

Most will say, “I couldn’t survive that.” Or, “I would never be able to move forward again.”

At first, none of us knows how we are going to survive. When people found out my Charles died by suicide, faces reflected horror which is similar to my own reaction to the news.

Facing what was an uncertain future fueled my terror. And the simplest activity such as taking a shower would take every ounce of energy I had for the day.

I had to go to work, write an obituary, go to the pharmacy, decide what to do with the ashes, … Read more...

I miss my boy

charles aubrey rogers died by suicide

This time of year, I move a little slower while every one else speeds up. I annoy easier, struggle to concentrate, and the grief is more pronounced.

This will be my fifth holiday since my son, Charles’, suicide. I’m not mulling over regrets or wondering why I missed the signs.

I just ache.

Even the Christmas carols drain my spirits. What’s more, I resent them. How does one get mad at a bunch of happy, peppy songs? But it feels they are ganging up on me, assaulting my senses and trying to force me to be merry and bright when … Read more...

Chastised for going back to work too soon after a child’s death?

So what is the right amount of time to be out of work after death of a child? That depends on the individual.

Loss of a child is a traumatic grief whether it’s suicide, overdose, death from cancer, or some other cause.

Parents who lose a child still have mortgages to pay and car payments to make. For many Americans, no work means no pay. So choice has little to do with how soon some people go back after a child’s death. Consider yourself fortunate if you do have choices.

For those who do have a choice, there is no … Read more...

Exciting News- Speaker on Grief

I hope you guys are OK with my sharing this with you. But I got to speaking engagements. Some of you might even want to go to one of them and I would love to see you there.

The first on is the AFSP long term suicide loss conference in Cleveland, OH. And a keynote speaking engagement at the Bereaved Parent Conference in St. Louis, MO.

See other events here

suicide prevention speaker
SPEAKING: AFSP Long-Term Suicide Loss Conference
Hilton Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44114
Sun, 07/30/2020-08/02/2020
8:00 am-4:00 pm
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Helping Teenagers with the Death Of A Sibling-Children’s Grief Awareness Month

by Molly Senecal

children's grief awareness month

It’s November already. Almost one year since my youngest daughter died by suicide during her first semester away at college. Even as I write those words, I have to pause and let them wash over me as though they are new words, as if this is a new grief.

I don’t think these words will ever settle down like old words. Not only does November hold the day of Eve’s death, but it is also Children’s Grief Awareness Month. A time when we, the grown-ups, are asked to pause, and to turn to the children, who … Read more...