Muse & Meander

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Collateral damage

JessiOur family will soon mark an anniversary. My nephew Jessi died by suicide four years ago. We are still recovering (as though we ever will).  We miss him every day, there’s no doubt about that.

Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Unfortunately, this bridge is a well-known place for suicide attempts. He has some powerful words to share–for those contemplating suicide, and for those who believe their loved ones might be. As Sergeant Briggs says, “The collateral damage of suicide affects so many people.”  Perhaps you’re one of them.

“It’s not just the talking,” he says. “It’s the listening.”

Begin by listening to his wise words. Most people don’t want to die or hurt others, as much as they want to stop hurting themselves.

And if you happen to be in Sherwood Park,  Alberta on July 19th, consider joining my niece at  Jessi’s Walk of Hope (in support of the Right By You campaign). The event will be held at 100 Festival Place. Registration is at 10:30, followed by the short walk. Many thanks to Montanas and Chapmans for sponsoring the barbecue afterward.


4 comments on “Collateral damage

  1. Phoenix The Rebirth
    July 16, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing this video and your thoughts on a topic that that I can relate to very well as I am a suicide attempt survivor and have had a friend of mine take her life recently this year . I am getting treatment to prevent another suicide attempt. Sorry for your loss. Sending positive vibes your way – Phoenix

    • Crystal Thieringer
      July 16, 2014

      Oh Phoenix, I am praying for you and am so glad you are reaching out for help. It is encouraging to me on a week when we mourn (again) the loss of my nephew, that someone who is a survivor shares her story. Please, be kind to yourself. Thank you for stopping bye.

      • Phoenix The Rebirth
        July 16, 2014

        Thank you and I am taking it one day at a time. – Phoenix

      • Crystal Thieringer
        July 16, 2014

        one day–one moment–is all we have. Getting through that is all we can focus on sometimes, isn’t it?

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