Loss of a Child, as Told by a Parent

Linda - 'From Anguish to Activism: Transcending a Suicide Loss'

The incredible emotional pain of the loss of my son was also ever present. Recurrent tears, heaviness in my chest, frequent sighing, and the inability to sleep became commonplace.

Slowly, crushing guilt became tangled in my anger. I felt like a complete failure as a mom—that I was somehow responsible for not equipping my son to make good choices.

Lisa - 'We All Have a Different Journey'

I realized pretty quickly that if we were going to survive as a family, we needed to figure out how to be gracious with each other and allow each other the space that we needed to grieve.

Marcia - 'My Son, Michael Jason'

In our hearts he will remain the most wonderful person whom I was privileged to have as my son.

On July 15, 1998, our worst nightmare became a reality. We lost our 22-year-old son, Michael, to suicide. This was the last thing I thought I would ever have to face, especially since my younger son, Rory, went through this with his fraternity brother seven months prior. And we were all devastated over that.

Mary Anne - 'Removing the Stigma'

We talk about Matthew all the time, with the younger members of the family, and we do everything we can to get the word out there that it needs to be talked about.

Mary Pat - 'One Mother's Story'

On March 9, 1991, my 23-year-old son, Matthew, took his own life. At the moment his life ended, my new life as a suicide survivor began.

The world of a survivor is a place no one wants to go. It is dark, cold, and lifeless.

Michael - 'Music for Our Wounds'

The best songs I've found have a universality that gives them meaning to survivors of any fatal tragedy.

My journal entries from the first days after the death of my son, Breck, make me wonder: How did we, how did I, get through those days, and the nights?

Pat - 'Letter to James'

The house buzzed like a beehive for a long time. Your suicide turned us into a family of bedeviled detectives.

There is a picture on the shelf that was taken for the yearbook at noon that day. You betray nothing. You are smiling and surrounded by friends. Was your plan in place?

Rick - 'Life is About Gifts'

He was a self-reliant, creative young man, whose first sentence, “Rynie do self!” established his independence.

Jan. 1, 2005, begins like the beginning of any other day and any other year.

Shirley - 'We Are Not Alone'

I knew that I needed to make a positive out of a very tragic situation. I knew I need to make a difference in David's memory and in his honor.