Charming hearts – #griefheart number 93

Charming hearts

These little heart charms from my friend Carole in Fayetteville. They are so cute–all unique and different. Part of Charles’ charm was his eccentricity, his love of people, family and friends. Then there was his sense of humor, his amazing timing, his writing and undeniable creativity read more

Friends speaking at Charles’ memorial service Part 1

It took me one year and a month to post these. Thank you Wendy Holt for grabbing a camera that day and filming or I wouldn’t have them. My brain was still too fried and in shock to think of anything other than trying to make it through the day.

People gathered around Charles like a moth to read more

Piece of my heart – #griefheart number 92


I will heal and I will move forward but a piece of my heart will always be missing.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

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Thinking of you heart – #griefheart number 91

Thinking of you heart
Thinking of you heart

Just because the hearts I get are not always in the horizontal format, I wanted to acknowledge the thoughtfulness.

So I combined them so they fit. Lovely that I have all of you seeing hearts everywhere you turn. Like me.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

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Ask your oral surgeon to stop prescribing oxycodone for teen wisdom teeth removal

And parents please stop asking for it.

Seven percent of patients prescribed narcotic or opioid analgesics will become addicted.* Some statistics put it as high as 10%. Still others will abuse it or sell it. Do you want that to be your kid?

If you’ve never had an opiate, percocet, oxycodone or read more

Door to my heart – #griefheart number 90

Door to my heart

When I started this project, I let everyone in the door of my heart. Losing a child by suicide is a tough journey and not one I thought many would tune in for.

I am so grateful for all the love and support, the shares and the gift of your hearts.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

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Strong heart – #griefheart number 89

Strong heart
Strong heart

This heart is made of iron, sent from my high school Kelly’s camera. Some days you do feel strong. You feel as if you are managing well and have things under control.

Those are the days that give you hope and allow you to feel you are going to survive all this grief and learn to move forward.

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Crazy radical mobile phone rant

I remember when Charles got a mobile phone. He pressured us for years and didn’t get one until he was in 9th grade and was one of the last of his friends to be a mobile phone owner. We held out as long as we could. And this was just a flip phone, not the powerful mini handheld mini computers read more

Bubble wrapped heart – #griefheart number 88

Bubble wrapped heart
Bubble wrapped heart

When your first child is born, you realize all of a sudden how vulnerable you are. This new little being has your heart at hello and your instincts to protect kick right in. Sometimes they are so strong you want to wrap your children up put them in a protective bubble so they don’t get hurt. When read more

Meet the generation that will eliminate stigma


Say hello to Haley who will be a senior in high school next year. I met with her today because she wanted to be part of this suicide prevention and mental health awareness school program.

A freshman at her school died by suicide not long ago and she was touched by that event and motivated to read more