When my son died by suicide, I did not erase him from my family tree. So I started a new tradition that allows us to grieve the loss of a loved one that died by suicide. To honor their struggles. Without shame. That’s what the #griefheart project is all about. Charles will always have a place
Mark Edmund Moore made this for his mother on Mother’s Day. It represents love for his mother. And love for chocolate. Mark was born January 10, 1991 and died April 28, 2013 from bacterial endocarditis which is an infection causing congestive heart failure.
Mark had been in recovery for 9
When I talk to people, this subject often comes up. Mental illness in teens is on the rise.
Why? Here are some of the reasons I think it’s gotten worse.
1. Lack of Connection
As technology has improved, our lives have gotten busier as a result of easier access. We tend to pack in more than is humanly possible
I read in Charles’ music, how much he wanted to be in the clouds. They represented peace and relief from his pain. They do for me, too. Always have. I think of these as love notes in the sky from my child that died by suicide.
This one from Amy. I love it because there is all that Carolina blue
Charles loved his carbs. Bagel bites, pizza, cheese sandwiches, rolls, cereal, pop tarts. Vegetables? Rarely. Fruit? Sure if I cut it up and put it in front of him. His diet drove me bananas!
This one was sent to me by Carole Goforth. I got all of y’all seeing hearts everywhere. Suicide awareness
“My brother Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris (“Joey”) was 25 years old when he died by suicide on 5/20/13. He is my little “bwudder,” and always will be. I chose the blue color buttons in this photo because he has the most beautiful, striking blue eyes.
He has 7 older
September is suicide awareness month.
For my Facebook LIVE event on Sunday, September 11 from 6:30pm-7pm, I’d like to have a 18-28 year old suicide attempt survivor join me to talk about what he/she went through and offer a message that raises awareness and inspires hope.
From top right and around: Chaney Corley, died by suicide from overdose; Joshua Hasnas, overdose (possible suicide), Billy Derr, overdose; John Henry Watkins, overdose; Marshall Colglazier, overdose; Dawson Pettit, overdose; Josh Kaski, overdose. Center: My first cousin’s second born, Reece