2017 is not off to a better start. The election results and high amount of celebrity deaths of 2016 were unfortunate, but this past week, I suffered a personal loss. My friend and co-worker took her own life in the early hours on Friday morning.
This came as a complete shock. My friend was always smiling and bubbly, open about the issues she was facing in her life, and seemed to carry her life responsibilities well. We all face issues on a daily basis, but none of us imagined how much she must have been hiding behind her smile and laughter.
I'm so sad about this loss...sad for her husband, sad for all of her family, sad for her many friends who loved her, and incredibly sad for the two daughters she leaves behind. Her 13 and 8 year old girls will no longer have their mom to turn to in times of need, in times of joy, and in the times where they just want to get their mom's opinions on life. I can't imagine my life without my mom's presence, and I can't imagine leaving my two children motherless (on purpose.)
Please say a prayer for the family and friends she left behind.
And PLEASE, if you are reading this and are in pain or know of a person in pain, let them know there are people who want to help. You/they are never alone.
National Suicide Prevention Line
Available 24 hours a day
Love and hugs to you on this freezing Sunday!