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Similar to many others, the holidays for me were bittersweet. Although I made many great memories with loved ones and had a good time celebrating, it marked the one-year anniversary of one of my best friend’s suicide. For the past year, I had felt like I had done little to nothing to remember her, not even having gone to her tombstone yet. I guess it’s true that people process things differently, but I simply do not want to feel like I am forgetting her because of the fact that her manner of death was covered up because of what seems to be shame. Her entire life stemmed from advocating for young adults who struggled with mental health challenges and her family is completely blocking out that part of her. I don’t know if I am still angry or more numb than anything else, but I do miss her dearly. I am glad the holidays are over and this won’t be front and center for me until the holiday season comes back around.
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