Update: I wrote this five years ago and post it each and every year on the anniversary of his death. For years, I've done this for me. This year, I post it for you. I want you to know the signs. I want you to be aware of what people may be going through. I want you to avoid feeling how I do when I read it myself. Please take the time to care for one another.
May 13th, 2008. It was just a
Many of you may seen Niagara Falls lit up at night. The The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has been operating and financing the illumination since 1925. But tomorrow, The Falls and a few other landmarks in Western New York will be illuminated in yellow for a special reason.
I have seen far too many of these videos. The ones where people take their feelings and write them out on cards. They’re called “Notecard Confessional” videos. They sometimes tell stories just one sentence at a time. More often than not, the stories do not end happily.
Three years ago on May 13, 2008, I lost my best friend to suicide. Nobody expected it (as you hear all the time) but it still happened. Did you know there are sometimes warning signs that can help to prevent suicide? If you just said no, then that's why I'm walking tomorrow.