A Call For Help

>> Friday, August 30, 2013

2012 was a hard year.

A few things happened to me personally, but more so to people I love. A close friend lost her husband to suicide. Ten days later, my step-children lost their father the same way.

I'd never been exposed to such a tragedy before and all I could do was watch in horror. So many questions. How do people process such a thing? Will it ever make sense? Would my loved ones eventually be okay?

Standing by those suffering tremendous heartbreak was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I felt helpless to fix it. I wanted to make their pain go away. I wanted to do SOMETHING.

But there was nothing I could do but be there as they were forever changed.

One year has passed. Their sadness may be just a bit less, yet the shadows still lurk behind brave smiles. They've tried to pick up the pieces and move forward. Life must go on but it is...different.

My step-kids are trying to do something positive as a result of their loss by becoming involved in the fight to prevent suicide. They've partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The AFSP are the sponsors of community walks called, "Out of the Darkness." Walkers collect funds to honor their loved ones and raise funds for the battle to prevent suicide. Through educational programs and awareness, the AFSP is winning the war against suicide.

I'm so proud of my kids. They've stepped up and are holding a walk in our local community on October 19. Funds are coming in and they are working hard to make the event a success. To  honor their dad. To help families avoid the tragedy that they've suffered. To make a difference.

The employee club at my job has become a bronze sponsor of the event and I've formed Team LCF to walk in the event.

And now I'm gonna beg:  Will you help?

Giving is easy, tax deductible, and you'll get a receipt.

Thanks for your consideration!


Barbara Lynn Culler August 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM  

That is really sad. People who take their lives are hurting so much they don't even consider how it would affect their families. Sorry for your losses.

J'nell Ciesielski August 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM  

How heartbreaking. I wish people knew that there is always a way out even of the darkest situation, and ending a life is not it.

Pencildancers August 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM  

What a hard year for everyone. :(

Karen Wingate August 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing this! Only recently we had an attempted suicide in our family, the first time I have come this close to knowing someone. It's a complicated issue and so very sad. Indeed, it touches deeply those closest to the person. Bravo to you and your step-children for having the courage to desire build awareness and compassion.

Joanne Sher August 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM  

What a year, and yes, good for your step-kids and you for stepping up.

Karla Akins September 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM  

Excellent post and cause. I'm so sorry for all your losses. I'm confused about your step kids, though. Wouldn't that make their father your husband? Don't mind me, I'm exhausted if that's a dumb question and I'm not connecting the dots. Hugs!

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