Samuel Spott’s heart— #griefheart number 272

by Donnia Spott

Billy and I are in our second year since our son, Sammy Spott, died by suicide. Like last Christmas, we chose to have an early and small gathering with our other two children and then left town.

Last year, we hiked and camped in the Grayson Highlands and barely saw another soul ...  read more

Billy Derr’s meatlover heart—#griefheart number 255

Billy Derr’s Meatlover’s heart

From Anne Moss: This #griefheart in memory of Billy Derr. Billy died from an overdose caused by substance use disorder. Jenny didn’t just make pizza. She made memories. 

From Jenny Derr: We made homemade pizza tonight.

Which we made the last weekend Billy was home.  💙 Missing him a lot.

This ...  read more

Paredes’ chipped heart— #griefheart number 252

From Joanna, Joel’s mom– We had a little picnic this weekend with someone that was a very important part of my beloved son Joel’s life.

His uncle on his father’s side was like a father to him. His wife also created many wonderful memories with Joel and took him for picnics ...  read more

Daniel Kyre’s heart— #griefheart number 249

Daniel Kyre
Daniel Kyre’s heart

From Anne Moss: David Kyre, Daniel’s dad, sent me this picture of hamburgers and melted cheese in the shape of hearts– a #griefheart to honor his son who died by suicide. Daniel’s birthday is July 6.  An incredibly talented musician, Daniel was on his way to fame and fortune.

David ...  read more

Giannini’s heart— #griefheart number 244

Giannini’s heart

Diane lost her son to suicide on March 29, 2017 and this #griefheart is in honor of Joshua’s struggle with addiction and depression, like my son Charles. At this writing, she is struggling with those initial stages of grief–fog, shock, and disbelief. I remember this stage. I was so confused ...  read more

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.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

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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 ...  read more

Christian’s heart — #griefheart number 203

Christian’s heart

From Anne Moss: This from a 15-year-old in Germany who lost two friends this year. While searching online for information on her friend Charles, a young man who died of heart failure, she found this blog. She read about the #griefheart project and  submitted this for her other friend, Christian, ...  read more

Christopher’s Angel heart — #griefheart number 196

Christopher’s heart

This #griefheart is in memory of Christopher Sims who died by suicide February 9, 2014 when he was only 14. He was a student at Godwin Mills High in Henrico, Virginia.

Christopher was a twin and his mother sent me this picture to use for this project. His twin brother Alexander  ...  read more

John Terrell’s heart – #griefheart 164

John Terrell's Heart
John Terrell’s Heart

“My job as an artist is to express feeling within a pattern, large or small.” —John Terrell

This #griefheart is original art by John Terrell who suffered from bipolar disorder and died by suicide. It was shared by his family for this project to honor his memory and his art.

A “ ...  read more