Love remains— #griefheart number 219

love remains

Despite the fact Charles has left this earth, my love for him remains. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to put it and it makes me ache.

This photo a gift from my friend Dani. She spotted 25 feet away while walking in the woods.

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Organ donor heart— #griefheart number 219

organ donor heart
Organ donor heart

One of the mom’s who is part of the village here, sent me this. This was given to her family by Midwest Transplant. Her son’s organs gave life to so many others. A blessing in the loss.

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I explain my #griefheart project here.

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Mystery heart— #griefheart number 218


So my friend Connie goes out to her mailbox and low and behold this is on her driveway. From where? She doesn’t know. When she went back out, it was gone. Her son is out there somewhere. Unfortunately, her family has suffered intensely from her son’s addiction for over 12 years.

Those

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Valentine’s heart— #griefheart number 217

Valentine’s heart

I bought my child that died by suicide his own valentine. And some conversation hearts. It’s tradition. I was shopping for cards and I saw one that said, “I love you this much.” I broke down in tears. I did

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Dishwasher heart— #griefheart number 216

Dishwasher heart
Dishwasher heart

This one was hiding in my friend Jenny’s dishwasher. Emptying the dishwasher was the first chore I ever texted to either of my kids. Back when all the moms and dads were complaining about their kids texting instead of calling, when text messaging was new, I was sending chore lists to my kids

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Night heart— #griefheart number 214

Night heart

I saw this tonight as I was walking the dog. As my flashlight hit the plastic garbage can, I caught this heart in a glimpse. Charles saw a lot of dark because he didn’t sleep well. So when I saw it I thought about all the times he spent in the dark alone as a result of his depression and sleep

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Semi colon heart— #griefheart number 213

semi colon heart
Semi colon heart

Today, for the first time since Charles left Cosby High School to go to a therapeutic boarding school, I went back to speak to a club of health science kids about mental illness, suicide and the high school program I have developed with teens to eliminate stigma. I was hit by a lot of emotion in

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Blog Birthday heart — #griefheart number 212

Happy birthday blog heart

One year ago today, I just started writing. I had just finished writing this article and realized how much it had helped me deal with the most devastating loss of my life, my youngest son’s death by suicide.

But then someone asked, “How can I subscribe?” So I added a sign up form

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Graveside heart — #griefheart number 211

Graveside heart

Angie just recently lost her son. Another loving soul became a victim of this opiate epidemic. Another mom joined the club no one wants to be in. She was visiting Michael’s grave and someone had left this. Such a sweet gesture. At first I thought it was a potato! On closer inspection I saw it

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Suicide coalition heart — #griefheart number 210

Suicide coalition heart

Shirley Ramsey brought these to our suicide coalition meeting tonight to celebrate Virginia AFSP chapter awards. And we all reflected on how finally doors are opening and people are listening and doing something about mental health, substance misuse and suicide.

I’ve been an mental health advocate

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