My #griefheart project is one inspired by Skull a Day by Noah Scalin.
On April 11, 2016, I started posting a heart a day to help me heal on my grief journey since my son Charles’ suicide June 5, 2015. Then I slacked off and starting posting 1-2 per week.
The purpose? To give suicide loss survivors and those who’ve suffered the death of a loved one from addiction, permission to remember that person. Without shame. Without blame. Without guilt.
The #griefhearts represent the state of my heart in the grief journey, honor another who died by from a stigmatized illness, shows support from others or makes a point for the purpose of drug addiction and suicide awareness.
It’s not all about me, it’s not all about Charles, it’s about all of us telling our stories and allowing us to share memories of our loved ones who struggled. This has never been encouraged. It is here. We are allowed to speak their names without whispering and honor our own grief journey.
I wanted to do something creative because Charles was creative. I wanted it to reflect the complex journey I am on and I want it to raise awareness of all the things we don’t talk about in an effort to inspire conversation and prevent unnecessary deaths.
I you want to submit a heart in honor of your loved one, here are the guidelines. You can message me through the contact form and I will coordinate with you regarding how to send the picture and the narrative.
At the end of a year, I’ll put all the #griefhearts together and make that final piece of art in honor of my son Charles and all those who have died. I might call on you to help with this and I don’t know what that “art” is yet. 🙂
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Tags: #suicideawareness, #griefheart, #grief, #suicideprevention, #addiction, #depression