Overnight walk for suicide prevention. A journey of healing and awareness

overnight walk
Shirley, Bethany, Rashida, Anne Moss, Amanda, Wendy & our driver

This is part of my crew at Midnight Snack–mile 10.1 at the Overnight Walk. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk is a 16 mile trek through a city in support of suicide read more

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.

What is the #griefheart project?

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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 read more

Remembrance heart— #griefheart number 198

Remembrance heart

My friend Shirley Ramsey, the Virginia Chapter President of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, runs a support group for suicide loss survivors. They lit these candles in honor of their loved ones for the holidays– remembering them forever.

As long as I live,
You will live.
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Following my heart – #griefheart number 180

Follow my heart
Follow my heart

Since Charles’ death by suicide, I’ve not been the same. As a result, I am following a new path–one carved by my heart.

Deep breath. I can do this. Yes I can.

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Colorful heart – #griefheart number 178

Colorful heart
Colorful heart

Charles always had a lively and colorful personality. He could make anyone laugh. I think that’s why so many couldn’t believe he suffered from depression. He didn’t get the chance to understand that it could be treated or that the world was not a better place without him in it.

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Worn out heart – #griefheart number 176


Grief can wear you out. There are some days it just uses up everything you have and it drains you of color. It’s during those times you have to remember that there are days your heart is bursting and you feel light as a feather.

This one from a new friend, Elizabeth. I met her on the Out read more

RIP heart – #griefheart number 169


This heart is made with some small shells and has RIP written inside. Someone else lost a loved one and memorialized them with this temporary heart on the beach. But since Esther took a picture and sent it to me, it’s now a forever #griefheart.

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Falling heart – #griefheart number 168

Falling heart
Falling heart

I was walking the dog today and saw the leaves turning and it made me think about the fact that I am witnessing another season change which makes me feel just a little farther from my child that died by suicide.

The world keeps turning, lives keep moving forward but his has stopped and that concept read more