Let people know it’s OK to talk about your deceased child

What do I say when someone asks, “Do you have children?”

I say, “My oldest is in LA living his dream as a filmmaker. My youngest died by suicide three years ago. He suffered from depression and addiction.”

Bring it up first. That gives others permission to talk about it. Because I talk about Charles often and openly, people aren’t afraid of the subject. So don’t let your fear of their reaction keep you from talking.

If you avoid talking about him for fear of being judged or not wanting to be a Debbie Downer (or David Downer) for … Read more...