On April 22nd, my husband, the love of my life, my best-friend, completed suicide. That evening an unimaginable nightmare began and sometimes I feel as if I will never wake up from it. I tell this to everyone, not to dishonor my husband, but to raise suicide awareness. If you had told me in any of the 17 years I knew this man that Brett would take his own life, I would have told you that you were crazy. Suicide is very real and very permanent. This act does not define my husband or the love that we shared with one another…but this tragic event has strong emotional repercussions for it’s survivors and for families of it’s victims. Without the help of my family, friends, co-workers, and the group SASS, I don’t know where I would be. SASS is a Suicide Awareness Survivor Support group that has other people, like myself, who have lost loved ones: husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, sons, daughters, and best-friends. I am not alone. And if there is one good thing that I could have come out of this nightmare…it is to help raise awareness so no one will ever endure the severe pain and loss that I have. SASS will be holding a Remembrance Walk, September 6th at 9am in Loose Park (51st & Wornall, KCMO). There is a $25 registration fee if you sign up online http://www.sass-mokan.com/Sass-walk/. If you show up that day it’s $30. That money goes 100% to SASS. The money helps pay for books, literature, picnics and the yearly Remembrance Walk to help raise awareness in the community. Some of you have asked me “how can I help?” Come to the walk and make yourself aware. I’ll be there and so will the memory of Brett.
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After my husband ended his life I was completely devastated and felt as if I was torn into pieces that could never be put back together. How could life go on? The emotional pain he ended was unknowingly passed onto me. I knew I needed help quickly. I joined a support group called SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) who supports the ones left behind after a loved one's suicide and also helps raise mental health awareness. I will never get over my husband's death, but I now know that I can get through it, thanks to SASS. I sweep nothing under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation I hope to help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. Together we can stay above the rug! View all posts by abovetherug