What Did I Miss?

As I was riding on our boat with my husband, enjoying the beautiful lake, sunshine and gorgeous day, I heard the song “Why” by Rascal Flatts. How had I not known this song was about a suicide? After a long, long sobbing session, I wiped my eyes and looked up the...

Ripple in a Pond

“A suicide is like a pebble thrown in a pond. The waves ripple outward.” We have felt that first hand since losing our daughter, Dani. Our family was impacted more than we ever conceived possible. Our dear friends. Her dear friends. Our family. Her co-workers. Our...

Coffee and a Meeting

Dani in 2009 “TW Dani in 2010 *this blog talks about a suicide attempt and may provoke traumatic feelings. “Dual Diagnosis” is a term I learned the hard way. Here is the story about Dani’s own struggle with “dual diagnosis.“ It is also a story of Addiction, Hope,...

Faith Shaken, Not Stirred

There are many stages of grief that we go through after losing a loved one. In the 1969 book, “On Death and Dying,” Kübler-Ross, the author, examined the five most common emotional reactions to loss: 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance I have,...

“THE CALL”

Why I am thinking of this is beyond me. Fortunately, for the most part, I have been able to put the details of “the call” in the back of my mind, but somehow, the memories unwelcomingly crept back to the surface. You might remember at one time or another you received...

Walking Through the Photo Gallery in Your Mind

Christmas 2018 with the family After much mental turmoil, my husband and I decided we would attend the funeral of a high school friend of Dani’s. Danielle was living in Florida at the time, and when she heard of her friends passing from an accidental overdose, she was...

Forgetting How to Smile

  We just finished our second “Celebration of Life” for Dani in Florida. Our first one was a week prior, with over 500 people joining us in Ohio to celebrate the life of a beautiful daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker and woman gone too soon....